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Vancouver Labour History Walking Tours 2018

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Saturday tours start at the Vancouver Art Gallery; Wednesday tours start at Vancouver Convention Centre West.

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Vancouver has a rich and diverse labour history. This guided tour invites you to visit sites of significance to workers' heritage and working class struggle that commemorate the importance of labour unions, individuals, collective actions and much more.

Registration: The BC Labour Heritage Centre requests a $10 donation for registration, which goes to support our volunteer tour guides. All participants will receive a Tour Booklet with registration, free of charge. If this fee is a barrier for your attendance due to low or fixed income, we offer the opportunity to waive this fee as indicated.

Tour guides will meet participants at the agreed start time. Tours have been shortened and are now 1.5 hours in length.

MEETING PLACE:
Tours start in one of two locations. Please check your tour date below to confirm the starting point.

Please note that each tour covers a route of approximately 2 KM on average at a steady walking pace. Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and dress for the weather.

Full list of dates & themes:
Wednesday tours (6 PM):
Aug. 15th, History of Health & Safety at Work; Meet at Vancouver Convention Centre West [1055 Canada Place] at the foot of Burrard Street (there is a large Visitor Information panel used as a meeting place).

*note* There is no Wednesday tour date in September.

Saturday tours (1 PM):
Sept. 8th
, Racism & the Labour Movement; Meet at North plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery [750 Hornby Street] facing Georgia Street (there are several benches used as a meeting place).

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Look beyond the headlines to explore little-known details about important events such as the racist riots by the labour-led Anti-Asiatic League in 1907, the depression era "Relief Camps" that generated the On-to-Ottawa Trek of 1935, the month-long occupation of the main post office by unemployed workers in 1938, and the 1983 Solidarity movement. Every tour is unique and will touch on a wide range of local historical events.

Throughout the tours are themes of division, racism, sexism, scab workers, violence and vigilante mobs. But there is also social justice, celebration, art, ceremony, storytelling and adventure that reveals the resilience and tenacity of Vancouver's working people. They remind us that the causes and values we stand for are steeped in our past, and provide lessons for contemporary struggles. On this tour, you can literally walk in the footsteps of those that have gone before us.

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Saturday tours start at the Vancouver Art Gallery; Wednesday tours start at Vancouver Convention Centre West.

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Refunds up to 1 day before event

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