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Canada : The Government of Canada Recognizes the National Historic Importance of the Nova Scotia Coal Strikes of 1922 to 1925.

Canadas national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas enable Canadians to experience their rich and varied history in a special way. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to experience nature and learn more about our history.

Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape BretonCanso, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, today unveiled a plaque commemorating the importance of the Nova Scotia Coal Strikes of 1922 to 1925 as an event of national historic significance. A special ceremony was held in Glace Bay with members of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, past union leaders, and representatives from the Cape Breton Miners Museum.

The Government of Canada is committed to connecting Canadians to the significant people, places, and events that contributed to our countrys diverse heritage. The Nova Scotia coal strikes of 1922 to 1925 were a remarkable episode in Canadas labour history. During four successive years of strikes, Cape Breton coal miners resisted wage reductions by the British Empire Steel Corporation (BESCO) by drawing on their shared work, ethnic and community bonds. They sought to defend their collective bargaining rights, despite poor living conditions and pressure from company police and military. The strikes brought national attention to Cape Breton and forced the federal and provincial governments to consider more conciliatory labour policies, marking a turning point in Canadian labour relations.

This year also marks the centennial of national historic sites and Parks Canada invites Canadians to discover and be inspired by the stories of the people, places and events that shaped the Canada of today. Take advantage of free admission to national historic sites in 2017, and discover truly Canadian places and stories with Parks Canada.

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Date:Oct 14, 2017
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