Saturday, September 4, 2010

For Labour Day: Part three

Commemorating Saskatchewan Labour

Labour Day Parade in Saskatoon , 1909

Days and events to recognize and honour the contributions of labour have long been held by union organizations in Canada. In 1894 the federal parliament enacted Labour Day as an official statutory holiday. Some of the earlier observances were held in April, June or July. It is now celebrated in Canada on the first Monday of September.

Labour Day parade in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, probably proceeding south along 1st Avenue alongside the railway tracks. The first banner appears to read "Saskatchewan..Trades...Council". Back one reads "International Union Bricklayers, Masons and Plasterers...". The parade was the first of its kind in this city, and was 3/4 of a mile longé

At Work: Historical images of labour in Saskatchewan

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