Farmworkers' Memorial 2023

Farmworkers' Memorial 2023

This annual memorial honours Amarjit Kaur Bal, Sukhvinder Kaur Punia, and Sarabjit Kaur Sidhu, the three farmworkers killed on the morning of March 7, 2007, while being transported to work in an overloaded passenger van. This ceremony also honours all farmworkers in recognition of the important work they do and their ongoing struggle for dignity and safety.

Family and speakers will gather in person for the memorial ceremony in Abbotsford.


Welcome and Territorial Acknowledgement

Beatrice Silver Tallio
Chair for Sts’olemeqw Guardians for Generations, Residential School Thrivers; Se:math First Nation

Yvonne Tumangday
Cultural Leader, Se:math First Nation


Rob Ashton
President, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada


Hon. Raj Chouhan
MLA and Speaker of the British Columbia Legislature

Hon. Patricia Ross
Deputy Mayor of Abbotsford

Hon. Harry Bains
BC Minister of Labour

Avneet Sidhu
Daughter of Sarabjit Kaur Sidhu

Avnoor Sidhu
Daughter of Sarabjit Kaur Sidhu

Claudia Stoehr
Spanish Legal Advocate, Archway Community Services

Sarbjit Sidhu
Legal Advocate, Archway Community Services

Michelle Laurie
Labour Representative WCB Board of Directors

Moment of Silence

Conclusion and Thanks

Candlelight Procession to Golden Tree

Sunday, March 5, 2023 - 12:30 to 14:00
Matsqui Centennial Auditorium
32315 South Fraser Way