Day of Mourning History
Day of Mourning seeks to remember those workers who lost their lives due to workplace injury or illness. This day aims to acknowledge those workers whose lives were irreparably or seriously harmed. It hopes to renew commitments toward improving health and safety in the workplace.
Day of Mourning was officially declared in 1984 by the Canadian Labour Congress. It was later officially recognized by Canada in 1991. On this day, flags are flown at half-mast and ceremonies are held in remembrance. Day of Mourning is observed annually on April 28th.
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