A sombre candlelight vigil on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature honours Amanda Todd and other victims of bullying.

People began gathering late in the day Friday.

Organizers were ready with pink helium-filled balloons, which were released into the air as part of the ceremony.

The goal of the vigil was to stand in solidarity with others across Canada, and around the world, to remember victims of bullying and provide a message to young people that there are resources and supports for them.

"We want to empower kids so that they know there are resources available," said organizer Kim Marcino from a group called Global Girl Power. "Regardless of their situation.... there is hope."

The suicide death of Amanda Todd has brought the issue back to the fore.

Harrison Oakes was personally affected by Todd's suicide. He was bullied as a teen and considered taking his own life. He is now the author of an online anti-bullying guide for teachers, parents, and children.

"I'm really hoping that it's a continued discussion; that we're talking about (bullying) in schools and that were talking about it at home with kids, and talking about it at a governmental level," he said. "I hope it results in a change for kids."
(With files from CBC's Ryan Hicks)