Wednesday, February 24 is Pink Shirt Day. For those unfamiliar with it, Pink Shirt Day began in 2007 when a Nova Scotia student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. It has since been embraced across Canada and internationally as a day for taking a stand against bullying.
We encourage everyone to wear a pink top on the 24th, share it on social media, and otherwise be an anti-bullying advocate in your community. Aside from wearing pink, these are a few ideas as suggested on the Alberta government’s official Pink Shirt Day web page:
- Share Pink Shirt Day resources on social media.
- Share ideas on bullying prevention with your friends and family.
- Learn where to turn for help if you or somebody you know is being bullied, such as this government of Alberta resource page.
- Write a letter or email to the editor of your local newspaper or radio station about the importance of promoting healthy relationships and taking a stand against bullying.
- Host a Pink Shirt Day themed event in your (online) community.
In addition, if the topic of bullying prevention is something you are passionate about (as it should be for all of us), you might consider applying to be a member of the 2020-2021 Minister’s Youth Council, where you could be among a group of junior/senior high students from across the province advising the Minister of Education on matters like school safety.
We all have a role to play in making our schools and communities bullying-free zones. Let’s all pledge to do our part!