Thursday, May 02, 2013

Nunavut: Kiilinik High School In Cambridge Bay Held Its First “Rainbow Day”

Students and staff from Kiilinik high school in Cambridge Bay
show their support for diversity May 1 at the school's first "Rainbow Day."
Photo Credit: KIILINIK))
Nunatsiaq News reports:
Nunavut, Canada] Kiilinik High School in Cambridge Bay held its first “Rainbow Day” on May 1, which the Kitikmeot School Operation’s executive director Jonathan Bird called “a very proactive approach and important conversation we need to have with youth in our communities.” The day was planned to show support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students at the school as well as those in the western Nunavut town of 1,500 who are part of the LGBTQ community. The rainbow, long used as a sign of diversity, inclusiveness, hope and yearning, has since the 1970s become a symbol of pride and diversity, with the different colors symbolizing diversity in the gay community. “We created this initiative as a response to the conversations happening in our school about sexual identity,” said Anne Daniel, vice-principal of Kiilinik high school. Kiilinik’s May 1 Rainbow Day also coincided with Canada’s National Day to End Bullying. READ MORE