This breathtaking monument is to be erected behind the
Clearbrook Library in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
The Golden Tree will be the first monument in
Canada that recognizes the important
contributions to society that
farmworkers provide.

The Story

Sarbjit Kaur Sidhu, 31, Amarjit Kaur Bal, 52, and Sukhvinder Kaur Punia, 46, were killed on the morning of March 7, 2007 travelling to work in a 15-passenger van; the remaining 14 farmworkers were injured. The 15-passenger van was overloaded, carrying 17 people, had only two seatbelts, and wooden benches had replaced the stock seats. It was being driven dangerously by the van’s owner, a labour contractor, who did not have the proper driver’s license.

The families sought justice and worked with Abbotsford Community Services, the B.C. Federation of Labour and the Progressive Intercultural Community Services to call for a Coroner’s Inquest into the incident. In 2009, a Coroner’s Inquest was held and the jury investigating the crash made 18 recommendations aimed at cleaning up the unsafe working conditions farmworkers face.


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