Miners Memorial Weekend

June 2016

Locations throughout Cumberland

For 30 years the Cumberland Museum has co-hosted an annual commemoration of fallen workers, highlighting labour history and contemporary labour issues. The three day event welcomes hundreds of attendees from across Western Canada and as far away as the UK including workers and their families, activists, artists, writers, academics, community leaders, musicians and many others.
All are welcome to join us for this important weekend of solidarity, celebration, and remembrance.

Below is the schedule for June 2015. The 2016 program will be posted in the spring.


COMMUNITY CONNECT EVENT. A lead-up event for early arrivals, and community members. For 2015, Nanaimo’s TheatreOne presents a reading of The Ginger Goodwin Story, a new stage play by Michael Stephen. – 7:00PM, Cumberland United Church. $5 to $15 Sliding scale.


CUMBERLAND’S CHINATOWN: HISTORIC WALKING TOUR. 4:00 – 6:00PM. Departs from Jumbo’s Cabin – By Donation

SONGS OF THE WORKERS. Friday evening brings community members and attendees together for our annual “Songs of the Workers”, cabaret style evening at the Cumberland OAP Hall. Join the Cumberland Museum and friends for songs about life, death, work and revolution from over 20 performers of traditional and contemporary labour music! 7:00PM, OAP Hall. By Donation.


PANCAKE BREAKFAST.  All are welcome. 9:00 – 11:00AM. C.R.I. Hall.  * Sponsored by Zocalo Cafe!

WORKSHOP. Background on the Spanish Civil War. 10:30 – 11:30AM, Cultural Centre. Free to Attend.

GRAVESIDE VIGIL. The afternoon graveside vigil at the Cumberland Cemetery, with speakers, music, the laying of fair trade flowers on Ginger Goodwin’s grave, and a rose ceremony on the graves of all the fallen miners. Unions, families, businesses and individuals can all support the event by ordering a bouquet to have laid in their name.
The afternoon continues with visits to the Japanese and Chinese cemeteries to pay respects. All are welcome.

1:00 – 2:30 Speakers and performers, laying of bouquets at Ginger Goodwin’s grave and miner’s row
2:30 – 3:00 Commemoration of Cumberland participants in the Mackenzie-Papineau battalion
3:15 – 3:45 Laying of flowers at the Chinese cemetery

GUIDED MUSEUM TOUR. 4:00-5:30PM. Cumberland Museum and Archives. By Donation.

COMMUNITY SUPPER. At 6 pm attendees and community members gather for a big community supper with music, readings, speakers and more. This years’ keynote speaker is Nick Mullins aka The Thoughtful Coal Miner, a 4th generation Appalachian coal miner turned environmental and community activist. He and his family are visiting Cumberland as part of their Breaking Clean tour.
$20 p/ticket. $17 for students, youth, and low income.

All proceeds from the Miners Memorial Weekend support the Cumberland Museum’s operations, programming, and exhibit development.