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For immediate release
February 23, 2022


Treaty Five Territory, Thompson, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc. is issuing this statement on recognition of Pink Shirt Day on February 23, 2022.

Grand Chief Garrison Settee states:

“February 23 is Pink Shirt Day. Pink Shirt Day is also known as Anti-Bullying Day.

Today we wear pink to show we support treating one another with kindness.

Bullying is very harmful, and it is something that can be passed down through generations. Residential schools were a place where significant bullying happened to First Nations people. It is important we acknowledge what happened in the residential schools so we can address the intergenerational impacts.

Bullying comes in many forms and has many faces. Together, we can stand up against bullying by being kind and caring for each other.

I encourage you to learn about the idea of lateral kindness. Think about the things you can do to spread kindness in your school, your community, and your workplace. Speak highly of others and express your support to them. Think kind things and say nice things to other people to lift their spirits.

Being kind can have ripple effects and can make so many people around you feel good. I appreciate all those who spread kindness and care for others in their daily lives. Please join me in wearing pink today and in standing up against bullying.”



For more information:
Melanie Ferris, MKO Communications
Phone: 204-612-1284
Email: [email protected]