After holding official Day of Mourning ceremonies in Bonnyville for the first time last year, this year’s venue will be the Cold Lake Energy Centre on April 28th.
The day is set aside to remember those who have died from workplace-related incidents and to renew the commitment to improve health and safety in all workplaces. The ceremony will run from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and begin with the lowering of the flag. It will be followed by a short reception. The Lakeland Regional Safety Committee – who is organizing the ceremony- wants to rotate through locations in the region every year to involve as many communities as possible.
The Day of Mourning was first proclaimed by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984, making this year the 33rd anniversary. Alberta saw 144 fatalities due to workplace injury or illness in 2016.