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April 27, 2012
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Day of Mourning commemorates workers

Environment, Labour and Justice

April 28 is the Day of Mourning, honouring the memory of workers who have been injured or killed on the job. All Islanders are encouraged to show their support for those affected by workplace tragedy, to remember those we have lost and to raise awareness of the importance of workplace safety, says Janice Sherry, Minister of Environment, Labour and Justice.

“This somber day reminds us that it is our collective responsibility to ensure that every worker comes home from work safely,” said Minister Sherry.

Islanders are invited to attend the annual Day of Mourning Ceremony, hosted by the Prince Edward Island Federation of Labour. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at Province House in Charlottetown, and will be followed by a public reception.

“As family, friends, employers and colleagues, we set aside this day to honour those who have lost their lives on the job,” said Nancy Guptill, Workers Compensation Board Chair. “But there is something we can do, each and every day, to respect their memories. We can work together to make workplaces safer and to prevent injuries from happening.”

The Day of Mourning was first recognized in Canada in 1984 and, since then, has been commemorated in over 100 countries worldwide. Sadly, in 2012, one life has already been lost in a Prince Edward Island workplace.

Media Contact: Joanne MacKinnon
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