“Today is Pink Shirt Day and we encourage everyone to join us in wearing pink to take a stand against bullying in every form. Demonstrating kindness to those around us helps create more inclusive environments where everyone feels safe and welcome.

“It was bullying in the classroom that brought about the country’s first Pink Shirt Day. Two students stood up for another student who was being bullied, and because of that courageous act, we now honour Pink Shirt Day every February.

“Bullying can be a problem anywhere, whether it be in our schools, workplaces, homes or on the internet. It can also happen to anyone of any age, old or young. That is why it is important to choose to be kind to people around us.”

Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education

“Bullying is never acceptable, and Alberta’s government wants to ensure that those who are bullied are able to access the supports they need. Ending bullying begins with awareness, which is why we encourage victims to talk to someone and receive the help they need. A simple gesture of high school students wearing pink to show support for a classmate who was bullied has gone on to become a day recognized across the country, known as Pink Shirt Day.

“There are many resources available to support victims of bullying. We encourage victims to utilize our 24-hour online chat or the 24-hour Bullying Helpline by dialing 310-1818. The impacts of bullying can be devastating for an individual, but by working together, we can make a real impact to make Alberta a safer place for all.”

Jeremy Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services