Kirpan controversy in the classroom
Canada has struggled with the role of religion in public schools throughout the past half-century. The debate in recent decades is complicated by the fact that Canada is now home to so many different religions. From questioning the recitation of the Lord's Prayer in class to wearing ceremonial daggers at school, the right to exercise one's religion in public school classrooms remains the subject of fierce debate in Canada.
. On March 2, 2006, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down a Montreal school board's ban on wearing kirpans. The decision left room for some public safety restrictions, but said that a blanket ban violated the Charter of Rights. School boards in many provinces allow students to carry the daggers, but often limit their size or require them to be sheathed and carried out of sight.
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: July 6, 1990
Guest(s): Catherine Frazee, Susan Little, Harbhajan Pandori, Sukder Singh Hundal
Host: Alison Smith
Reporter: Vicki Russell
Last updated: January 16, 2012
Page consulted on October 14, 2014
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