Goodwin's Way Documentary - Victoria Premier

Goodwin's Way Documentary - Victoria Premier


Victoria Premiere of Goodwin's Way documentary linking miners' struggles in the 1910's with recent organising to win against the Raven Coal Project on K'omoks, Tla'amin and Homalco Territories. Part of Mayworks events.

7:00 - 7:30 - Meet and greet with film director Neil Vokey

7:30 to 8:30 - Film Screening - "Goodwin's Way"

8:30 to 9:30 - Panel on the intersectionality of labour and enviornmentalism on Vancouver Island. 

Q&A with director Neil Vokey to follow.

Torrance Costs (Wilderness Commitee), Robin Toszak (Victoria District Labour Council), Neil Vokey (Director Goodwin"s Way) - Hosted by MC Kelly Newhook (TAPS Executive Director)

Suggested donation $5-15 to cover costs, no one turned away.

All ages. solstice café coffee, tea, treats & licenced beverages available

This event takes place on Lewkungen (Songhees and Esquimalt) territories

Almost a century after controversial labour activist Ginger Goodwin was shot down, residents of Cumberland, B.C. find themselves at a crossroads when highway signs honouring his memory disappear.

By removing the signs marking “Ginger Goodwin Way”, supporters claim that the provincial government aimed to erase a powerful legacy of workers' rights. Meanwhile, his critics argue that Goodwin was nothing more than a lawbreaker, a draft-dodger, and a rabble-rouser.

The notorious Cumberland mineworker took part in some of Canada’s most important labour battles of the early 1900s. Blackballed after the bitter 1912 Vancouver Island miner’s strike, Goodwin fought for the eight-hour workday at the height of World War I, while boldly opposing the conscription of his fellow workers. His influence was so great that his death in 1918 prompted Canada's first-ever general strike.

Now, just two kilometers from the road that once bore his name, clouds loom over the site of a newly-proposed coalmine. While Cumberland’s young families dream of transcending their town's traditional reliance on a boom-and-bust resource economy, the Raven Coal Project threatens to return the region to a era that left boarded-up buildings, slag heaps, and industrial clean-up sites in its wake.

Goodwin's Way examines a town's grassroots resistance to a coal-powered future, as Cumberland residents reconnect with Goodwin’s legacy of passionate defiance: his "way". 

Director Bio
Neil Vokey is an emerging filmmaker inspired by storytelling that fosters critical thinking and compassion. He grew up Comox Valley and studied documentary filmmaking at the Capilano University Film Centre in Vancouver. Goodwin’s Way, which draws parallels between past and present struggles for social justice in the town of Cumberland BC, is Neil’s first 1-hour documentary. He currently lives in East Vancouver, BC.



Solstice Cafe - 529 Pandora Ave, Victoria BC

Event Fee: 


Date & Time: 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 -
19:00 to 22:00