Take your stand against bullying and wear pink on ‘Pink Shirt Day’ 2024

January 20, 2024

In 2007, a 9th grade student in Nova Scotia was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. When two of his schoolmates learned about it, they mobilized other students in their school to wear pink in solidarity of the student and take a stand against bullying.

Little did they know that this would become a global movement; ‘Pink Shirt Day’ aims to stop other kids from being bullied or victimized. Since then, pink shirt day is celebrated annually across Canada on the last Wednesday of February to promote and create environments across schools, workplaces, organizations and online where everyone can feel safe, valued, and respected.

Practicing Kindness in SFU

SFU is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where all feel welcome, safe, accepted, and appreciated. In connection to the solidarity pink shirt day exudes, th SFU Bookstore and Spirit Shop is inviting all faculty, staff, and students to wear pink on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, and show your stand against bullying.

Supporting SFU’s strategic commitment to Uphold Truth and Reconciliation and Transform the SFU Experience, bookstore is selling pink shirts featuring the “Uplift” design by Koyah Morgan-banke, a 17-year-old from the Toquaht and Secwépemc First Nations for $21.  

“This piece is inspired by unconditional love and support, designed to encapsulate the feeling of support and your ability to uplift those around you. It’s important for all of us to remember that we really do carry the hearts of others in our hands,” Morgan-banke shares.

This Pink Shirt campaign allocates partial proceeds to the WITS (Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help) Programs Foundation, a Canadian charity committed to fostering nonviolence in society and creating safe school and community environments for children, empowering them with essential tools to address negativity.

With a purchase of a pink shirt, you contribute to the advancement of crucial programs and initiatives against bullying and discrimination in communities.

To purchase a pink shirt (2024), visit SFU Bookstore & Spirit Shop or shop online here.