Vernon Fire Chief David Lind speaks at the Day of Mourning hosted by the City of Vernon Friday in front of city hall in 2017. The city will again host a ceremony to recognize those who lost their lives in workplace-related incidents on Thursday, April 28, at 10:30 a.m. at city hall. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon Fire Chief David Lind speaks at the Day of Mourning hosted by the City of Vernon Friday in front of city hall in 2017. The city will again host a ceremony to recognize those who lost their lives in workplace-related incidents on Thursday, April 28, at 10:30 a.m. at city hall. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon observes national Day of Mourning

Ceremony for those who have lost their lives on the job set for Thursday, 10:30 a.m., at city hall

The City of Vernon will be observing the National Day of Mourning with a small ceremony in front of city hall Thursday, April 28.

The ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m.

The National Day of Mourning honours workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents.

The Canadian Labour Congress first recognized the Day of Mourning in 1984. In 1990, this day became a national observance with the passing of the Workers Mourning Day Act, and on April 28, 1991, the federal government officially proclaimed the National Day of Mourning.

Canada was the first nation to recognize the Day of Mourning and it is now observed around the world.

According to WorkSafeBC, in 2021, 161 B.C. workers died from a workplace injury or disease. There were 62 fatalities due to traumatic injury and 99 fatalities due to occupational disease.

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