FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mayor Lori Ackerman is expected to proclaim February 24th as Anti-Bullying & Harassment Day in Fort St. John.

The City of Fort St John’s Health & Safety Department has requested the declaration to support the Pink Shirt Day initiative, which will be presented to council during Monday’s council meeting.

In the request, City staff are encouraged to wear pink on the 24th to support the initiative.

“The City is supportive of the Pink Shirt Day initiative and further supports a stand against bullying and harassment within the workplace,” says the request.

The Pink Shirt Initiative started in 2007 when two Nova Scotia students took action after witnessing a fellow student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. The students bought pink t-shirts of their own and encouraged classmates to wear them too, sending a message of solidarity to the bully.

Through the sale of the pink shirts, over $1.5 million has been raised since 2008 for anti-bullying campaigns including Kids Help Phone, KidSafe Project, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Canada.

According to Pinkshirtday.ca, one in five kids is affected by bullying.