Historically the Day of Mourning has been observed in the main foyer of the Yukon Government administration building.
Beginning in 2017, the location will be moved to the new Workers’ Memorial in Whitehorse’s Shipyard Park. Please join us there on Friday, April 28, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. for this year’s Day of Mourning service.
The Day of Mourning service is hosted by the Yukon Federation of Labour.
Day of Mourning
In 1984, the Canadian Union of Public Workers (CUPE) selected April 28 as the Day of Mourning to recognize the 70th anniversary of Canada’s Workers' Compensation Act. The Canadian Labour Congress declared it an annual day of remembrance in 1985, and the federal government entrenched it in 1991's Workers Mourning Day Act. Yukon passed its own Day of Mourning for Victims of Workplace Injuries Act in 2002.
Outside of Canada the day is commonly referred to as Workers' Memorial Day and it is observed in more than 80 countries.
Now every year, on April 28, the nation pauses to remember our fallen and injured friends, colleagues, and family members. On that date, we renew our commitment to health and safety in the workplace.
Because too many Yukon workers are still killed at work. Tragically, Yukon workplaces experienced three fatalities in 2016. Since 1984, over 63 Yukoners have not returned home to their families.
Injuries, too, unnecessarily ravage our workforce. In 2016, more than 400 workers required time away from their jobs to recover.