FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers are invited to help promote diversity and respect in schools, workplaces and communities by wearing pink on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

“Pink Shirt Day is something everyone can participate in,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “While the initiative started as a way to promote and celebrate diversity and respect in schools, the community at large is also encouraged to have a discussion about all types of bullying.”

Pink Shirt Day originated in 2007 after two Nova Scotia high school students encouraged their friends to wear pink T-shirts in support of a student who had been bullied. Since then, schools, businesses, communities and governments across Canada have recognized the last Wednesday in February as Pink Shirt Day.

“Pink Shirt Day complements one of the objectives in our 10-year education plans,” said Kenny. “Our government wants to ensure that all learners value diversity and have a strong sense of belonging while learning in a safe, welcoming and affirming environment.”

The provincial government encourages participation in a variety of events to promote respect throughout the year, including observing Diversity and Respect Week in November.