MONTREAL – Inspired by the Supreme Court ruling allowing Sikhs to carry ceremonial daggers in schools, Quebec Muslims say they should be allowed to wear hijabs in private schools and have prayer rooms set aside for Muslim students at universities in the province.

Calling the court ruling “reassuring for many Canadian Muslims, particularly those in Quebec,” the Ottawa-based Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations said some Quebec private schools do not allow Muslim girls to wear the hijab headscarf, while McGill University has refused to give Muslim students a special room to pray.

“We hope that this [kirpan] decision — a strong commitment to upholding religious freedom — will resonate throughout Canada and cause educational and other institutions, both public and private, to respect the religious practices of minorities,” the council’s human-rights co-ordinator, Halima Mautbur, said in a news release after the ruling on Thursday.


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