For Immediate Release
April 28th, 2022 – Marked annually in Canada on April 28th, National Day of Mourning is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, suffered injury or illness on the job, or experienced a work-related tragedy.
Started by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984, National Day of Mourning is officially recognized and observed today by more than 100 countries worldwide and is marked by wearing black and yellow ribbons, lighting candles, observing a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. and sharing stories.
“Today is an extremely personal and emotional day for our members,” says Trades NL’s Executive Director, Darin King. “So many individuals, families and communities are affected by workplace related accidents every year and it is important we take the time to honour them and their loved ones. Simultaneously, this day serves as a reminder that we must continue to promote the importance of health and safety rights, responsibilities and prevention measures – and lead when it comes to creating workplace safety.”
On April 28th at 11:00 a.m. (NDT), Trades NL encourages everyone to pause for a moment of silence in recognition of National Day of Mourning. In support for those who have lost their lives, suffered injury or illness on the job, or experienced a work-related tragedy we invite everyone to join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #DayOfMourning.
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About Trades NL
Trades NL is an umbrella labour organization which promotes and coordinates the interests of 16 building and construction trades unions, representing more than 18,000 skilled trades workers in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. For 70 years, our craft continues to construct, fabricate and maintain some of the world’s most complex facilities.
About the Canadian Red Cross
Here in Canada and overseas, the Red Cross stands ready to help people before, during and after a disaster. As a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – which is made up of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 192 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies – the Canadian Red Cross is dedicated to helping people and communities in Canada and around the world in times of need and supporting them in strengthening their resilience.