Prime Minister Trudeau delivers a message on Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day
Hi everyone! I am Justin Trudeau.
I want to wish you a Happy Pink Shirt Day!
Thank you for wearing a pink shirt today to support this important cause.
Pink Shirt Day started several years ago, after a Nova Scotia High School student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt.
The next day, many of his classmates showed up to school wearing pink shirts to stand up against bullying.
Pink Shirt Day is a perfect example of the impact we can have when speak with one voice and work together to bring about positive change and encourage others to do the same.
We all know that intimidation can have serious consequences.
'Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me' is simply not true. Words do hurt and bullying can leave long lasting emotional and physical scars.
To all those who feel alone, are anxious, or imprisoned, you are not alone. You are supported, you are loved.
Today, we are united to say 'no' to intolerance, and 'yes' to inclusion.
We say 'no' to intimidation and 'yes' to kindness.
We remember that our differences are a source of strength, not weakness, and that kindness is 'one size fits all'.
It takes all of us, speaking in one voice to stand up to bullying together. So let's embrace our differences and be open with one another.
It's about respect, it's about being Canadian.