Day of Mourning: BC Schools Project

Day of Mourning: BC Schools Project


Information on the 2019 Day of Mourning will be available in January, 2019.

The Day of Mourning is a day to reflect on those we’ve lost and to inform young workers of our commitment to creating safer workplaces for everyone.

Since 1991, when Parliament passed the Mourning Day Act, The National Day of Mourning has been an officially recognized event jointly endorsed by government, labour and employers.

This year, a partnership of the BC Federation of Labour, BC Labour Heritage CentreBC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ AssociationBC School Trustees’ Association, BC Teachers’ Federation, CUPE BC and WorkSafe BC has taken an important step to actively encourage more schools to participate in the Day of Mourning. 

See a full project description here.

Curious about the history of the Day of Mourning?
Watch “Day of Mourning: The Untold Story”, produced by the BC Federation of Labour Health & Safety Centre 

Resources for the Day of Mourning Schools Project are targeted for students who are currently young workers (AGE 15 TO 24) or about to be young workers.  Materials are designed for secondary students, but can easily be adapted to the intermediate level. We recommend that all materials be reviewed before distribution to ensure the content is age appropriate.

Check to see if your school has been entered to win a participation prize here.

Recognition Prizes For Student and School Participation 
(Note: Prizes are distributed based on participation in our feedback survey following April 28th)

Prize Awarded To Basis of Decision
2-$500 Apple Gift Certificates Students Who Participated Draw of Schools, followed by decision of school 
1-$500 Apple Gift Certificate (for the purchase of need school equipment) Participating Schools Based on draw of participating schools
10- Knowledge Network Vignettes (Working People:  A History of Labour in British Columbia Participating Schools Based on draw of participating schools
10- Alive After 5 Workshops For Young Workers Participating Schools Based on draw of participating schools in consultation with the Alive After 5 Program




Most materials can be downloaded online below. Please fill out the form above if you use these materials in your classroom, as we would like to track engagement.

(Click on underlined items to access materials)

Read Me First – Cover Memo (includes observance procedures and suggestions for additional activities)

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  • DOM 2018 lone mourner poster  11” x 17” (English only)

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  • 2018 BC FACT SHEET (on injuries, death and staying safe) 8 ½” x 11” (English)
  • 2017 BC FACT SHEET (on injuries, death and staying safe) 8 ½” x 11” (French)

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 (preview recommended before screening at your school to determine age appropriate suitability)
If video streaming is not preferable or possible at your school, feel free to download video here.