Day of Mourning News Release

The Yukon Federation of Labour and Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board have issued a joint news release:

Day of Mourning Ceremony Has a New Home

April 25, 2017

WHITEHORSE: The annual Day of Mourning ceremony will move to its new permanent home at the Workers’ Memorial in Shipyards Park this year.

“The Government of Yukon has graciously permitted the ceremony to take place in its main building for years,” said Justin Lemphers, President of the Yukon Federation of Labour. “We deeply appreciate that, and offer our heartfelt thanks.”

“Now that the Workers’ Memorial is complete, however, it’s time for the ceremony to move there. It’s a permanent, public place that can be used by the community year-round,” Lemphers continued.

2016 saw three workplace-related fatalities. Two were due to occupational disease, the third occurred on the job. There were 1650 workplace incidents reported last year. 454 Yukoners had to spend time away from work to recover from injuries sustained there.

“The Day of Mourning reminds us of our shared responsibility for safety in the workplace,” said Kurt Dieckmann, President/CEO of the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board. “When we pause during the ceremony to reflect on family members, friends, and colleagues lost, we also renew our commitment to keeping ourselves and the people we work with safe and healthy at work every day.”

The Day of Mourning is also about drawing attention to common hazards in today’s workplaces.

“Protecting our minds from harm while at work is a priority in Yukon and across Canada,” said Lemphers. “Whether it’s about preventing trauma, bullying, or some other form of mental injury while at work, many organizations in the territory are making strides to protect their workers.”

This year’s Day of Mourning ceremony will take place at 12:30 on Friday, April 28, at the Workers’ Memorial in Whitehorse’s Shipyards Park. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Media contacts to arrange for an interview and further information
Justin Lemphers
Yukon Federation of Labour
yfl@yukonfed.com
(867) 456-8250

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Andrew Robulack
Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board
@YWCHSB_Robulack
andrew.robulack@gov.yk.ca
(867) 335-6040

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This notice is also posted at the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board website.

Photo credit – Deborah Turner-Davis of Yukon Employees’ Union