Although decades have passed since the mines closed in Cumberland, memories of mining and the significant loss of life underground remain an important part of the Village’s history. For 34 years the Cumberland Museum and Archives has presented Miners Memorial, an annual commemoration of workers, highlighting labour and working history. As one of the few yearly events celebrating labour history in western Canada, the three-day gathering welcomes hundreds of attendees and reflects a diversity of struggles, past and present. This year’s event takes place June 21 to 23.
The museum is pleased to welcome two engaging guest presenters. Dr. Salimah Valiani studies mining in South Africa from an eco-feminist perspective and writes poems on mining, land and related issues. Artist David Lester and the Graphic History Collective create graphic histories focused on labour and social justice movements in Canada, including a new book on the Winnipeg General Strike.
In addition to annual favorites including Songs of the Workers, the Pancake Breakfast, guided tours, and Graveside ceremonies, gather with friends for the Miners Memorial BBQ in Village Square. Enjoy the open mic., and a special performance from the Miners Memorial Choir! The museum is thrilled to partner once again with TheatreWorks, which has a long tradition of bringing labour and working history to life through their productions. March of the Innocents takes us back to 1903, Mother Jones, and the one-hundred-mile march of the mill children.
Most events at Miners Memorial are free or by donation. Save the date and join us! A detailed schedule can be found at www.minersmemorial.ca . Proceeds support the Cumberland Museum and Archives.