The Day of Mourning was initiated by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984 to acknowledge workers who have died because of workplace injury or disease. Canada was the first country to formally commemorate this day on April 28. This year the International “Day of Mourning” Ceremony will be observed throughout the world on Thursday, April 28, 2016. This national memorial day gives Canadians an opportunity each year to remember workers killed, disabled or injured in the workplace, and workers afflicted with industrial disease.
In recognition of this important event, the North Vancouver School District will lower its flags to half-mast on April 28th. Schools will also announce the Day of Mourning over the school PA systems and classes will take a moment of silence in recognition of the workers who have lost their lives because of a workplace illness or injury. North Vancouver School District is committed to providing safe, welcoming and sustainable working environments that uphold our mandate of being the natural place to learn and work.