On May 15, 1919 the Winnipeg General Strike began and lasted for six weeks. A pivotal event in Canadian history, the uprising laid the ground for legal recognition of unions, and collective bargaining.

Workers across Canada, including those in British Columbia, joined the strike in sympathy.

On May 15, 1919 the Vancouver Trades and Labor Council sent a telegram to Winnipeg proclaiming that, “organized labor in Vancouver pleased at cohesion demonstrated by workers of Winnipeg. Augurs well for future.”


A timeline of the events in BC during 1919:
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