Surrey – In June, the BC Labour Heritage Centre and Community Savings Credit Union announced that every public secondary school in British Columbia has received a complimentary copy of On The Line: A History of the British Columbia Labour Movement, by Rod Mickleburgh and published by Harbour Publishing. The donation represents proceeds from the sale of books over the past year.
With Labour Day approaching, many don’t know what the long weekend is all about. here’s a brief history lesson:
On The Line, written by Rod Mickleburgh chronicles an important narrative of British Columbia’s history from the first Indigenous Workers to the present day. This publication will be a very useful resource for secondary school teachers looking for current material that helps illuminate the history of the province as reflected in the current curriculum changes.
Chilliwack School Board Chair Dan Coulter told FVN: It is a good resource and I’m happy to hear that we are getting copies delivered to our high schools.
The history of the Labour Movement wasn’t taught or even talked about when I was in high school. I welcome the opportunity for students to learn about a very important facet of our history. Without knowing labour history I don’t think it’s possible to understand British Columbian, Canadian or World history.
On the Line, a BC Labour Heritage Centre project chronicles British Columbia’s labour movement from pre-confederation to current day. In doing so, it celebrates BC workers’ strong record of fighting back against unfair pay and unsafe working conditions—one rooted in the resilience, tenacity and innovative thinking of these local workers and their communities.
On The Line was an immediate success and as a result, On The Line quickly went into second printing. Community Savings Credit Union, The Unions’ Credit Union was proud to be the sole funding sponsor for On The Line and contributed $250,000 to ensure this important book was published.