Pink Shirt Day
February 27, 2019
Today is Pink Shirt Day.
The New Westminster Minor Lacrosse Association (NWMLA) would like to remind its members, including all players, parents, guardians and volunteers, of the impact bullying can have on young people.
NWMLA volunteers are instructed to immediately address any bullying behaviour they witness, or are made aware of, if the safety or well-being of people involved is at risk. All incidents will be reported to the NWMLA board of directors to address consequences.
The following information is from the Pink Shirt Day website:
WHAT IS BULLYING?
Bullying is a form of aggression where there is a power imbalance; the person doing the bullying has power over the person being victimized. In additional to any physical trauma incurred, bullying can result in serious emotional problems, including anxiety, low self-esteem, or depression.
BULLYING VS HARASSMENT
Bullying and harassment are similar, yet different:
Harassment is similar to bullying because someone hurts another person through cruel, offensive and insulting behaviours.
Harassment is different from bullying in that it is a form of discrimination.
WHAT IS DISCRIMINATION?
Discrimination is treating someone differently or poorly based on certain characteristics or differences. Bullying turns into harassment when the behaviour goes against Canada’s Human Rights Laws and focuses on treating people differently because of:
Race (skin colour, facial features)
Ethnicity (culture, where they live, how they live, how they dress)
Religion (religious beliefs)
Sex Sexual orientation (if they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or heterosexual)
Family status (if they are from a single parent family, adopted family, step family, foster family, non-biological gay or lesbian parent family)
Marital status (if they are single, legally married, common-law spouse, widowed, or divorced)
Physical and mental disability (if they have a mental illness, learning disability, use a wheelchair)