Note to Educators:
Pink Shirt Day is about more than just what many consider “bullying.” It involves stigma, stereotyping, gender bias, and so much more. Although we understand that these are all extremely important issues, we are cognizant of the fact that we cannot properly address them in the short format of “What’s special about today?”
To this end, the activity bursts below focus around the fact that bullying of any kind is not acceptable, and that everyone can play a role in eliminating these behaviours by learning and practising positive social, emotional, and relationship skills.
Explore resources as well as news and events about Pink Shirt Day on their official website.
In 2007, two teenage boys from Nova Scotia witnessed a student in their school being bullied because he wore a pink shirt. The following day, they passed out pink shirts to their school mates and encouraged everyone to wear them in support of their fellow student.
Since then, Pink Shirt Day has gained world-wide support, involving over 180 countries. Pink shirts are worn on this day to symbolize the negative impact of bullying, as well as serve as a call to action to raise funds in support of anti-bullying programs.
Bullying, both online and off, affects the lives of children, youth, and adults in schools and communities everywhere. It erodes a person’s self-confidence, self-worth, and self-awareness. We all need to play a role in eliminating bullying and promoting safe and healthy relationships