Mining Communities Honour Miners Memorial Day
Mining communities throughout the province are taking time to mark Miners’ Memorial Day on Sunday, June 11, in honour of all miners killed on the job in Nova Scotia. “We mark Miners’ Memorial Day because of Nova Scotia’s rich mining history and our obligation to preserve that history,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Geston, Minister of Environment and Labour. “In addition, this day also serves as a reminder of the importance of a safe and healthy workplace.” Formerly known as Davis Day, Miners’ Memorial Day began in memory of a young miner, Bill Davis, killed in New Waterford during the mining strike of 1925. Because of the strike, the mining company cut off the town’s electricity and water supply. Protesting the actions of the mining company, the community marched to the power plant to try to restore services. It was during the march that a confrontation broke out with the coal company security officers and Mr. Davis was fatally shot. Every year, the United Mineworkers organizes Miners’ Memorial Day events throughout the province.