On April 12, the Peel District School Board will recognize Day of Pink, the international day to celebrate diversity and inclusion to work towards ending homophobia, transphobia and all forms of bullying and discrimination.
This day is celebrated throughout Canada on April 13. However, as there are several major holy days taking place on this day, Peel schools will celebrate on April 12 to give all students an opportunity to be part of this important inclusion activity.
“Equity and inclusion is something that all Peel schools teach throughout the year and discuss with students daily—it is embedded in everything we do,” says Tony Pontes, director of education. “Day of Pink is just one more way for us to ensure students and staff learn, work and develop in environments that are safe, equitable, inclusive, respectful and nurturing for all.”
Schools and worksites across the Peel board will recognize Day of Pink with a variety of activities, including school assemblies, art pieces, workshops, and of course, by wearing pink.
Day of Pink began when a high school student in Cambridge, Nova Scotia, was bullied with homophobic language because he wore a pink shirt to school. The next day, hundreds of students at his school stood up to bullying and wore pink to school to show their support for equity and inclusion.