About Days of Pink Yellowknife
In November 2015, The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) asked Mayor Heyck and the City of Yellowknife to organize an event called “Day of Pink” in celebration of the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia, Transphobia and Transmisogyny on April 13th 2016. In response to this, Mayor Heyck reached out to us! We put together a committee, turned it into a full week-long outreach festival, and figured out our goals. We're excited to be continuing this project in 2017.
The Days of Pink are about talking honestly and openly with our peers about the bullying and violence that people deal with when expressing their love and their gender.
We believe that when talking honestly and openly about these things, we’re able to educate ourselves and fight ignorance in our community.
We address this by asking questions about how we express our gender, what gender means to different people, how we love and who we love, and how we can stop bullying and violence that people deal with when expressing their love and their gender.
We believe that a safe Yellowknife for everybody includes a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Two-Spirit, asexual, pansexual and queer people!
A great big thank you to our sponsors who are making Days of Pink 2017 Outreach Festival a major success!
- Dominion Diamond Corporation
- GNWT: Department of Health & Social Services
- NWT Human Rights Commission
- Fierté Montreal Pride
- Samantha Stuart Photography
- SSi Micro
- Julie Green, MLA
- Kevin O'Reilly, MLA
- Century 21
- Caroline Cochrane, Minister
- Aurora College, Yellowknife Campus
- Northland Utilities (Yellowknife)
- City of Yellowknife
- Kieron Testart, MLA
- Northern United Place
How to Participate in Days of Pink
Check out these links to see how you can get involved!
- Apply to become a Days of Pink Ambassador before March 13th
- Apply to participate in the Youth Dialogue Session before April 12th
- Nominate somebody for our Rainbow Solidarity Award
- Create something for the Youth Art Showcase
- Volunteer for the festival
- Download a poster and put it up
- Ask us to invite your parents to our Parenting in Full Colour Support Group
- Enter the social media contest by using the hashtag #saferyzf or #daysofpinkyzf
- Buy a raffle ticket ($20!) by visiting us at 5112 52nd Street
The Origins of The Day of Pink
“The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 2 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive wearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school took a stand and began working together to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying.” (DayOfPink.org/about)
The Day of Pink has grown into a Canada-wide event in April. The Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife is excited to take on the organizing role of Day of Pink in Yellowknife. The CCGSD has laid out and explained to us what they’re hoping this looks like, but in Yellowknife, we do things differently! So, we have a few extra ideas for what would work well for our communities. Every year, we plan a full week of events and change the "Day of Pink" to the "Days of Pink".