Kamloops Commemorates National Day of Mourning with Solemn Ceremony

April 23, 2024

Kamloops, B.C. – On April 28th, residents of Kamloops and the surrounding areas will gather at St. Andrew’s on the Square at 6:00 PM to mark the National Day of Mourning. This annual observance honors the memory of workers who have lost their lives, or suffered injuries or illnesses on the job. The ceremony aims to raise awareness about the importance of workplace safety and to reinforce the community’s commitment to preventing further tragedies.

St. Andrew’s on the Square, a historic site known for its intimate and reflective ambiance, will host the evening’s events. The ceremony is expected to draw a diverse crowd, including family members of the deceased and injured workers, local business leaders, union representatives, and government officials. Participants will include keynote speakers from various sectors who will share insights and lead tributes to those affected by workplace incidents.

The event will feature a series of poignant activities designed to both mourn the lost and inspire a safer future for all workers. Musical performance by the Valleyview Secondary Choir and blessing by Colleen Seymour, Elder, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc.

The National Day of Mourning serves as a crucial reminder of the risks many workers face and underscores the vital need for stringent safety protocols in every workplace. Through this ceremony, Kamloops continues to show its dedication to the values of respect, safety, and prevention, honoring those who have suffered in the hope of a safer tomorrow.

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