FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following message was issued today by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder in recognition of the National Day of Mourning:

On this National Day of Mourning, we reflect upon the loss families, co-workers, businesses and individuals have experienced who have been affected by workplace accidents. In particular this year, we remember RCMP Const. Heidi Stevenson in Nova Scotia, and all those across the country impacted by COVID-19. We honour these workers by committing to make every workplace safe and healthy for all New Brunswickers.

As minister responsible for WorkSafeNB, I am proud of our province’s dedication to protecting and educating our workers and employers.

The National Day of Mourning was officially recognized in Canada in 1991, eight years after the day of remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress. Today, more than 100 countries recognize the day. Across Canada, events will be held in workplaces and communities to honour those lives lost and to raise awareness of the importance of health and safety in the workplace.