Day of Mourning events planned around Vancouver Island to honour fallen workers

Charley Cragg with his mother Genevieve. Charley died when his tugboat sank north of Vancouver Island during a storm in 2021. Genevieve will be speaking at this year's Day of Mourning ceremony in Vancouver. Image from WorkSafe BC

The annual National Day of Mourning for workers killed on the job is coming up this weekend.

The mother of a young man who died at sea in a tugboat incident will be one of this year’s speakers. In February 2021, on the Central Coast, the MV Ingenika lost power during a sub-zero storm. The barge it was pulling passed over the tug, capsizing and sinking it. Two crew died, including Charley Cragg.

This year his mother Genevieve will be speaking in Vancouver at the Day of Mourning ceremony.

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Ceremonies are planned around the Island, the first will be on Friday in Courtenay and in Campbell River.

Here’s the schedule for events in our communities, visit the official website for a full list and any last-minute changes.


Friday, April 26

  • Campbell River: 10:30 am at Fire Hall 1, 675 13th Ave
  • Courtenay: 10 am at Simms Park Pavilion, 5th St


Sunday, April 28

  • Lake Cowichan: 10 am at Forest Workers Memorial Park, 46-58 South Shore Rd
  • Nanaimo: 12:30 pm at Pioneer Waterfront Plaza, 90 Front St
  • Powell River: 11 am at the Cranberry Cemetery Workers Memorial