In 1984, the Canadian Labour Congress established April 28th as the National Day of Mourning in Canada to remember and honour those who have died, been injured or suffered illness in the workplace. 

A joint proclamation (PDF) recognizing the day has been issued by University of Guelph and the University’s unions and employee group leaders, and the flags at U of G will be lowered to half-mast. 

The day is traditionally marked in many ways including holding public ceremonies, wearing black and yellow ribbons, lighting candles, observing a moment of silence at 11 a.m. and sharing stories about how workplace tragedies have touched peoples’ lives. 

Join Wellness@Work for Be Well, Be Safe Week 

May 6 to 12 is Wellness@Work’s annual Be Well, Be Safe Week. This year’s keynote Fostering Safety: Physically and Mentally features Rob Ellis, founder of My Safe Work and an outspoken advocate for health, safety and wellness in the workplace after the death of his son David in 1999. 

Check out the week-long schedule of events being held at U of G and learn more about how you can be a part of safety and wellness in the workplace. 

Available Supports 

U of G offers mental health and wellness supports for all faculty, staff and students who are experiencing grief on this Day of Mourning: 

  • Multi-Faith Resource Team, 519-824-4120 Ext. 58909 
  • Student Counselling Services, 519-824-4120 Ext. 53244 
  • Crisis Text Line, text “UofG” to 686868 
  • Employee assistance program for faculty and staff, 1-800-265-8310