AESES Remembers: National Day of Mourning
April 28th is notable as the day which is set aside to remember those individuals who have been injured on the job or even killed in workplace accidents. Canada’s National Day of Mourning honours them with a flag flying at half-mast at Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, as well as with the wearing of yellow or black ribbons and a collective moment of silence at 11:00 am.
Adding an extra layer of meaning to this day is the commitment that organizations, regulating bodies, and government bodies make to continue working towards safe workplaces, thereby preventing further unnecessary injuries and deaths, and respecting and learning from what has been lost through tragic work-related incidents. Every Canadian deserves to work in a safe work site, something that takes a concerted and collective effort.
In recognition of this year’s Day of Mourning, the Confederation of Canadian Unions, of which AESES is a part, is distributing a postcard and important messaging. Please take a moment to read, share and join us as we remember.
(As April 28th falls on a weekend this year, the National Day of Mourning is instead being observed on Friday, April 26th at 11:00 am.)