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The Alberta government encourages Albertans to take part in Bullying Awareness Week, November 15 – 21.

Bullying AwarenessBullying affects thousands of Albertans in their schools, workplaces, and communities. Bullying Awareness Week (BAW) aims to increase awareness of the importance of preventing bullying and promoting healthy, positive relationships.

“We all have a responsibility to stand up against bullying, create safe environments, and promote healthy relationships. Bullying affects us all and we need to work together to keep our communities safe. I encourage all Albertans to share the message: Be inclusive. Be kind. Be respectful.”

Irfan Sabir, Minister of Human Services

“The true measure of a society is how we treat and care for each other through healthy, supportive relationships. During Bullying Awareness Week, and throughout the year, I encourage each of us to make a positive difference in someone’s life, including in all of Alberta’s schools.”

David Eggen, Minister of Education

A number of events are happening throughout the week across the province, including the Post-It® Forward campaign. Albertans are encouraged to prevent bullying and promote healthy relationships by using Post-Its® to share uplifting messages about people and organizations in their communities.

BAW themes/events

Monday, November 16 – Youth Engagement

As a followup to the “This Is Our Canada: Exploring the West Retreat,” The John Humphrey Centre challenges young people to share their thoughts on healthy relationships.  Listen, learn and share on social media with #BAW2015 #PostItForward and #BullyFree.

Tuesday, November 17 – Schools

Schools are encouraged to set up a space where members of their school community can post positive Post-It® notes and messages. Share them on social media with #BAW2015 and #PostItForward.

Wednesday, November 18 – Cyberbullying

Tune in at 10 a.m. and participate in our webcast about cyberbullying and promoting healthy online behaviours. Our panelists will be available to answer questions via live chat. Register at events.cmgcanada.ca/bullying.

Thursday, November 19 – Workplaces

Workplaces across Alberta are encouraged to promote healthy relationships by setting up a space where employees can post positive notes and messages and share them on social media with #BAW2015 and #PostItForward.

Friday, November 20 – Communities

Create awareness about promoting healthy relationships in communities by encouraging people to share ways of promoting healthy relationships in local clubs, sports, faith-based organizations, community events, and so on. Share your stories on social media using #BAW2015 and #PostItForward.

Saturday, November 21 – Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Conference in Calgary

All K-12 students, teachers, administrators, school resource officers, and other staff are invited to learn strategies to create, support, and sustain a GSA. Visit ismss.ualberta.ca for more information. Be a part of the social media conversation using #BAW2015 #PostItForward and #BullyFree.

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