Day of Mourning

Day of Mourning

April 28 has been designated the Day of Mourning, a time when workers, families, employers, and others across Canada and the world come together to remember those who were injured, disabled, or have lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational diseases.

Day of Mourning began in Canada, in 1984, by the Canadian labour movement. April 28 was chosen because this was the date in 1914 when the first comprehensive workers' compensation act was passed. In 1996, April 28 became the International Day of Mourning and now over 70 countries participate in remembering fallen workers.

In 2014, Alberta lost 169 men and women lost to work injuries or illnesses. It might be surprising to hear in Alberta’s 102 year history 9,500 workers have lost their lives and most of those in the last 40 years.

In Canada in 2013 alone, 902 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada, that’s 2.47 deaths each day.

The International Labour Office reported in 2005 2.2 million people die of work-related accidents and diseases every year and they add that fatalities are vastly under reported.

Each year we remember this in order to remind ourselves that in everything we do, the protection of lives is of the highest importance and no amount of money can replace a loved one.

Today, we invite you to join the rest of the world in observing a minute of silence during your day to remember the lives lost and how you are someone’s most important person.

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