Book Launch: Winnipeg 1919 with Christo Aivalis

2019 28 Apr
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Book Launch: Winnipeg 1919 with Christo Aivalis

The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 remains the single largest labour action in Canadian history, and a watershed in the evolution of the country.

Join us to mark the centennial with the launch of a new edition of Winnipeg 1919: The Strikers’ Own History of the General Strike, by the Winnipeg Defence Committee, edited by Norman Penner.

This FREE event will feature Canadian labour and politics historian Christo Aivalis in a discussion of how the lessons learned in 1919 remain relevant today.

Sunday April 28, 2-4pm
251 Bank St., 2nd floor
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Part of MayWorks Ottawa 2019. For more on this year's festival, visit

Christo Aivalis is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of history at the University of Toronto. His research interests are twentieth-century Canadian labour and political history, and he is the author of The Constant Liberal: Pierre Trudeau, Organized Labour, and the Canadian Social Democratic Left.


On May 15, 1919 workers from across Winnipeg, ranging from metal workers to telephone operators, united to spark the largest worker revolt in Canadian history. Approximately 30,000 workers walked off the job over the next six weeks, and the city was overtaken by lively demonstrations and marches. The clash ended violently when RCMP on horseback charged and shot into a crowd of striking workers resulting in deaths, beatings, and arrests.

Following the strike, union leaders published this account of the events leading up to and during the strike. Their volume is the most significant primary source describing the workers' experience of the strike.

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