Past Miner’s Memorial Days in Cumberland BC

Miner’s Memorial Day has been celebrated in Cumberland since 1985. It was begun at the urging of Barney McGuire to commemorate the miners who had been killed or injured in the Cumberland coal mines. With the collaboration of the Campbell River Courtenay and District Labour Council and the Cumberland Historical Society MMD also celebrated the resistance of the miners and their families to a system that exploited them for 80 long years.. This resistance was symbolized by people like Joe Naylor and Ginger Goodwin who were union organizers and political agitators.

In 2014 the PNLHA conference will be held in conjunction with Miner’s Memorial Day and the ceremonies and rituals  of the day will be an integral part of the day for conference attendees. It should make for a very full weekend.

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plaque to miners in unmarked graves

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The grave of Ginger Goodwin covered in boquets

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Steve Harvey, Barb Lempky, former curator of Cumberland Museum and Mike Keeelan

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Pipes march us to Miner’s Row

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Meaghan Cursons of the Museum addresses the crowd

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Gordon Carter and Tabor sing ‘the Day They Shot Ginger Down”

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David Rovics , who would later write a song about Ginger Goodwin , sits and watches

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Marianne Bell, Sy Pederson and Stephan Humes wait to speak

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Anne Davis mc’s the ceremonies

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ceremony at the Japanese cemetary marking the 70th anniversary of the Internment

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David T Wong author of’ Escape to Gold Mountain’ talks with attendees at the Chinese cemetary

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Bill Friesen checking out the Little Red Songbook during the Sat night dinner

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A contingent of Solidarity notes sings at Songs of the Workers

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The Labour Council flag flies from the shoulders of Michelle Waite

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Steve Harvey sings ‘the Prince of Darkness’

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Roses are laid at the graves of miners during the ceremony

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Depending on the weather 150-300 usually attend

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from all over western Canada and as far away as England and Peru

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Music plays all weekend from Fri. night to Sat. campfires

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A moment of silence

Here are some photos from the past few MMDs to give you a taste of the event