On National Day of Mourning, researcher calls for a closer look at worker deaths in the North

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A researcher who studies workplace fatalities and injuries says it’s time the North took a closer look at what’s causing so many workers to lose their lives on the job. 

Earlier this week, CBC News reported that 14 people lost their lives while working in Nunavut, the N.W.T. or Yukon in 2021 — the highest number in a decade. That number rose to 15 Thursday as a medical report confirmed an additional death of a person in 2021 who had previously been injured. 

All 15 people will be remembered in ceremonies across the North today, the National Day of Mourning for workers who’ve died or were injured on the job. 

Sean Tucker

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