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Vancouver Labour History Walking Tours
Sat, 9 September 2017, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
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 registration fee, which goes to support our volunteer tour guides. All participants will receive a Tour Booklet, 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 (6 PM for Wednesday tours/1 PM for Saturday Tours) at the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery [750 Hornby Street]. Tours are 2 hours in length.
Please note that each tour covers a route of 2.5 KM on average at a steady walking pace. Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes and clothing and dress for the weather.
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.