Please join us Friday, February 10th for a screening of Goodwin’s Way, co-hosted by the SFU Labour Studies Student Union
Saturday, Feb 10
Fletcher Challenger Theatre, SFU Harbour Centre
In the town of Cumberland, BC, the legacy of Albert “Ginger” Goodwin, a labour activist who died under suspicious circumstances in 1918, runs deep. In Goodwin’s Way, filmmaker Neil Vokey tells the story of a community connecting with its past in the face of an uncertain future.
Born in England in 1887, Ginger Goodwin began working in the Cumberland mines in 1910. At the time, these were some of the the most dangerous mines in the world, and Goodwin quickly became an outspoke advocate for workers rights. His participation in the 1912-1914 Vancouver Island Coal Miner’s Strike prompted the mine owners to blacklist him, preventing him from working in the industry. In 1916 he moved to Trail, BC, where he became active in the Trail Mill and Smeltermen’s Union, and in 1917 led over 1000 workers to strike for an 8-hour work day.
At the height of the strike, Goodwin was conscripted, despite having perviously been deemed unfit to fight in WWI. After his appeals were denied, Goodwin returned to Cumberland where, helped by members of the community, he attempted to evade conscription.
On July 27, 1918, Goodwin was shot by a lone Provincial Police Constable named Dan Campbell. Goodwin’s death was seen by many of his fellow workers as retribution for his activism, and on August 2, workers in Vancouver staged what is considered Canada’s first general strike to protest his murder.