April 28, 2020

Day of Mourning Honours Saskatchewan Workers Who Lost Their Lives

Today, flags at all government buildings are lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset to mark the National Day of Mourning.

April 28 was first declared as the National Day of Mourning by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984.  The day is now observed across Canada as a way to pay tribute to individuals killed, injured or stricken with illness in the workplace.

“The best way for us to honour those that have lost their life while on the job, is to do our part in building safer, healthier workplaces,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “Every worker has the right to return home safely at the end of the work day.”

“Workplace fatalities and serious injuries have an impact on the lives of families, friends and colleagues and our hearts go out to all those left behind by these tragedies,” Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board Chairperson Gord Dobrowolsky said.  “Today we take time to mourn and remember those that have lost their lives, and we renew our commitment to working together to keep everyone safe on the job.”

In 2019, 36 workplace fatalities occurred in Saskatchewan.