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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Today is Pink Shirt Day, a day for people to wear pink in recognition of anti-bullying efforts far and wide.

The idea for the day was created by two Nova Scotia high school students in 2007. Since then, it has become a fundraiser and way for organizations to show their support for the cause.

Today is also the only day of the year you see this many RCMP officers wear pink.

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And it has to be the only day of the year you would see a police dog wear a pink shirt, too.

Here in Fort St. John, Pink Shirt Day is an initiative that draws enthusiastic participation. At Robert Ogilvie Elementary school, Pink Shirt Day wasn’t just acknowledged today. Leadership students, RCMP liaison officers and guest speakers presented at assemblies throughout the month.

And, today, North Peace Secondary School wrapped up t-shirt sales at the school, where one student usually spearheads the operation and campaigns Pink Shirt Day.

“We’ve been promoting the shirt-wearing for today, but also conversations around social responsibility,” Vice-Principal Jason Gill told Energetic City. The school embraces the Erase Bullying program, which is part of the Ministry of Education.

Erase Bullying provides a way for students to report bullying while maintaining some anonymity.

“To think we’re ever going to remove it altogether is a bit of a stretch,” he said. Gill emphasized the focus on teach children to stand up for themselves in their education.

After Pink Shirt Day has come and passed, Gill said the focus shifts to bringing awareness to domestic abuse with black t-shirts in April and May. The shirts read ‘my strength’ on them, and an entire day is set aside to recognize the message that comes with them.

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Already, Gill said, leadership students are starting to discuss this event.

Fort St. John’s city hall is lit up with pink lights today, to recognize the campaign.

As for the rest of Canada today, participation is no where near short either. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke out about Pink Shirt Day on Twitter this morning.

Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, also spoke out about the day and posted a selfie in a pink shirt.

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