Mining Communities Mark Davis Day

Environment and Labour (to April 1/08)

June 11, 2002 11:00 AM

Mining communities across Nova Scotia pause today, June 11, to
remember miners who died on the job in this province.

Miners' Memorial Day began as Davis Day, in memory of Bill Davis,
a striking Cape Breton coal miner who was killed in 1925 during a
protest. The day has become a remembrance for all workers killed
in Nova Scotia.

"Once again, Nova Scotians pause to recognize sacrifices made by
workers in the mining industry," said David Morse, Minister of
Environment and Labour. "It's important to remember the past, so
we can make positive changes for the future. The government will
continue to be committed to reducing workplace injury and
illness."

The 1925 protest occurred near New Waterford after the mining
company cut off the water and electric supply during a long and
bitter miners' strike.

Residents marched on the pumping station at Waterford Lake
demanding that the utilities be restored. During a confrontation
with armed company police, shots were fired and Davis was killed.

Each year, the United Mine Workers union organizes Davis Day
events across the province. Services are being held in Dominion,
Springhill, Stellarton and River Hebert.

This year, during the Day of Mourning in April, the Nova Scotia
government also planted a native red maple tree on the grounds of
Province House in honour of those who have lost their lives on
the job and to reaffirm the government's commitment to preventing
workplace injury and illness.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Mining communities across Nova Scotia pause today to

remember miners who died on the job in this province.

     What started out as Davis Day, in memory of Bill Davis, has

evolved into Miners' Memorial Day.

     Bill Davis was a coal miner who was killed in a protest

during a long strike in 1925.

     Labour Minister David Morse says it's important to remember

the past so we can make positive changes for the future.


     He says the government will continue to be committed to

reducing workplace injury and illness.

     Ceremonies are being held in Dominion, Springhill,

Stellarton and River Hebert.

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Contact: Penny McCormick
         Environment and Labour
         902-424-7420
         E-mail: mccormpl@gov.ns.ca

kjd         June 11, 2002      11:36 A.M.