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Pink Shirt Day 2018

Pink Shirt Day started in 2007, when a grade nine student in Cambridge, Nova Scotia was bullied by classmates for wearing a pink shirt to school. Taking notice, two students rallied their peers to send a message to the bullies. The next day, the halls were filled with students in pink t-shirts.

Bullying has negative effects on building and maintaining positive school and community environments. That is why all the schools in Nunavut were encouraged to participate by wearing pink to raise awareness about bullying on February 28, 2018.

However, the actions to prevent and reduce bullying should not be just done once a year. It is constant efforts and vigilance that we all have to demonstrate every day to make sure that our children are safe and are developing positively with different strengths and capacities to achieve their full potential.

The Department of Education is proud to support this movement that is also promoted by the Red Cross. It should be noted that this initiative relates closely to the Inuit societal value of Inuuqatigiitsiarniq, which means respecting others, relationships and caring for people.

Every child deserves an education free from discrimination, bullying, harassment and violence.  A big thank you to all the students and educators that supported Pink Shirt Day 2018 at their schools. Some highlights this year were:

  • Joamie School’s drama club performed a play to acknowledge the importance of pink shirt day.
  • Aqsarniit Middle School had a school assembly that focused on anti-bullying. They invited the Deputy Minister Pujjuut Kusugak and the RCMP to speak. At the end, they finished off the assembly with a Jerry Cans concert.
  • The Red Cross team did Respect Ed/Bullying Prevention work in Gjoa Haven and Taloyoak
  • The Red Cross team ran their program Psychosocial Support for school and Community in Cambridge Bay.
  • Another Red Cross team went to Pond Inlet to do Psychological First Aid with teachers and bullying prevention leadership training with the youth.