The City of Selkirk passed a proclamation recognising the Day of Mourning with respect to those who have lost their lives while at work.
The Day of Mourning was held on April 28 and the City of Selkirk unanimous passed a proclamation in honour of such an occasion at a council meeting held on April 26.
Proclamation – Day of Mourning
WHEREAS every year, more than 1,000 Canadian workers are killed on the job; and
WHEREAS thousands more are permanently disabled; and
WHEREAS hundreds of thousands are injured; and
WHEREAS exposure to the increasing number of toxic substances in the workplace heightens the risk of illness and death; and
WHEREAS April 28 of each year …
Selkirk mayor Larry Johannson told the Selkirk Settler Times on April 28 that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, that he would walk with members of the local steal union.
“The police would come with us and lead us and we had flags,” he said.
Johannson said the annual walk on the Day of Mourning was always a special occasion.
“It was a real remembrance to those who passed away in terrible work place accidents,” Johannson said. “We may not be walking right now because of the pandemic, but it doesn’t take anything away from the respect and to stop and think about the people who have passed due to work place accidents.”