The BC Labour Heritage Centre Society preserves, documents and presents the rich history of working people and their unions in British Columbia. The Society engages in partnerships and projects that help define and express the role that work and workers have played in the evolution of social policy and its impact on the present and future shaping of the province. We center voices previously left out including the stories of all races and genders, Indigenous workers and organizations. Further, our work broadens educational and inter-generational connections using varied media, connecting themes from both past and present situations.
We are a registered non-profit society.

BC Labour Heritage News

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Charter Rights

How a childhood union button collection played a part in an epic Supreme Court of Canada decision David Yorke began collecting union buttons at the age of 11, when his mother brought home membership pins Read more…

The Postman

The first Dominion Postal Clerks Association was formed in Vancouver in 1911. During the Winnipeg General Strike, the Association was on the front lines with the letter carriers resulting in 700 postal workers losing their Read more…

Vancouver’s Garment Industry

Researched and written by Natasha Fairweather Diving in to 100 Years of Garment Work The early 1900s was a time of rapid industrialization in Canada and around the world. Clothing production became mechanized, and garment Read more…