Feb. 24 is Pink Shirt Day in Canada, also known as Anti-Bullying Day and the Department of Education is inviting Nunavummiut to join in on this occasion.
People are encouraged to wear pink on Feb. 24 and to show their support online using the social media hashtags #Ajunngiitunga and #PinkShirtDay, to share stories online about taking a stand against bullying and to speak to family members about bullying.

Pink Shirt Day, which encourages students to oppose bullying, was held at Quqshuun Ilihakvik in Gjoa Haven on Feb. 28. Local RCMP officers led students on a parade of kindness around the school gym. The week’s activities included making posters, speeches, discussions and skits. School/community counsellor Christine Porter led the school’s Pink Shirt committee. photo courtesy of Quqshuun Ilihakvik

“This year, the Department of Education will be sharing with schools a made-in-Nunavut Ajunngitugut! Pink Shirt Day: Schools resource Guide with activities that have been adapted to meet the health and safety measures for any stage a school may be in,” said Minister of Education David Joanasie.
The day is celebrated in schools all over Canada and takes place during the last Wednesday
of Feb. with last year’s Pink Shirt Day taking place on Feb 26, 2020.
During last year’s Pink Shirt Day, Premier of Nunavut Joe Savikataaq took to social media
and wrote, “respecting one another, standing up to bullying and working together show that kindness, encouragement and positivity will win in the long run.”
“This year,” says Joanasie, “we will be celebrating Pink Shirt Day on February 24 to raise
awareness by taking a stand against bullying.
“I encourage all Nunavummiut to wear pink on February 24 to show that bullying will not be tolerated in Nunavut.”

Netsilik School students and staff in Taloyoak donned pink shirts on Feb. 28 to make it clear that bullying isn’t acceptable. photo courtesy of Gina Pizzo/Netsilik School

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