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National Day of Mourning commemorates workers injured or killed on the job

April 28 is the National Day of Mourning, which commemorates workers who have been injured or killed on the job.
April 28 is the National Day of Mourning, which commemorates workers who have been injured or killed on the job. - 123RF Stock Photo

Today is the National Day of Mourning, a day set aside to honour the memory of workers who have been injured or killed on the job. 

On this day, and throughout the year, Islanders are encouraged to remember those who have died and those affected by workplace tragedy, by raising awareness of workplace safety. 

The Day of Mourning was first recognized in Canada in 1984, and since then has been commemorated in over 100 countries worldwide. 

Jim MacPhee, Workers Compensation Board chairman, said it's important to remember loved ones who didn’t return home because of a workplace injury or illness.

“Together, we must commit to making P.E.I. workplaces safer, so that no family has to endure this type of loss.”

Carl Pursey, president of the P.E.I. Federation of Labour, said the Day of Mourning message – to mourn for the dead and fight for the living – is more important than ever. 

“The global COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we live and work,” he said.

“Now, more than ever, we must ensure that our workplaces are safe and that our workers are protected.”

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