Recent History – 2003
April 14, 2003 — By Kelly Harris, Daily News Staff
A monument to workers killed on the job may finally have a home in Dawson Creek after being in storage for nearly a year. The monument was commissioned in 2001 by the city in conjunction with the Worker’s Compensation Board and CUPE Local 2403. Local artist Emilie Mattson was selected to create the sculpture. It has sat in storage at the city yards since the fall of 2002.
“We’re very excited about it,” said Councillor Calvin Kruk, charged with finding a location for the monument. “It is long overdue, we’ve been anticipating this unveiling for two years. It’ll be something to see.”
The placement of the monument will be on City Hall grounds and bordered with a small fence and flowerbed to keep people from climbing on it. A concrete platform will also have to be poured to place the monument. Aside from finding a suitable place for the monument, winter weather prevented placement of the monument because the ground was too hard.
The sculpture features a crossbeam with three figures depicting labour working on it. It will be erected on city hall grounds in commemoration of the 20-year anniversary of the Annual Day of Mourning in Canada for workers killed on the job April 28.