April 10 a Day of Pink

The Members of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba are supporting the Canadian Red Cross Day of Pink today to take a stand against bullying in schools.

The annual Day of Pink gives staff, students and other community members a chance to discuss the impact of bullying in schools and propose solutions. The event began in 2007 when two high school students asked everyone in their school to wear pink in support of a male classmate who had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt.

The Day of Pink comes on the heels of the introduction of Bill 18, THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AMENDMENT ACT (SAFE AND INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS) which is focused on updating anti-bullying legislation to include all forms of cyberbullying such as social media, text messaging and instant messaging.

The Bill also requires each school board to establish a “respect for human diversity policy” that must support student activity promoting inclusion, including student activities and organizations that use the name "gay-straight alliance".

For the full text of Bill 18, please visit http://web2.gov.mb.ca/bills/40-2/b018e.php