08/17/2013 02:30 EDT | Updated 10/17/2013 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia concludes its first anti-bullying conference; hosts 500

HALIFAX - Community members of all stripes joined together in Nova Scotia this weekend to tackle the problem of bullying.

Nearly 500 participants — including youth, parents, educators, government officials and representatives from community organizations — gathered at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax on Friday and Saturday to take part in Nova Scotia's first anti-bullying leadership conference.

The aim of the conference — called Speak Up — was to bring together and promote co-operation between people affected by bullying and those who are working to prevent it.

The two-day event also served as a platform for the Nova Scotia government's announcement of new resources released to students and parents coping with bullying, cyberbullying and sexual violence.

The province also has also announced it will be launching a website in September for young people to anonymously inform their school principals of instances of bullying.

Marilyn More — the minister responsible for the action team on sexual violence and bullying — says she hopes the anti-bullying leadership conference will become an annual event.