While Ontario schools, and most other provinces, have allowed Sikhs to wear the kirpan on school premises since 1990, the right was confirmed by Canada’s highest court in Singh-Multani c. Marguerite-Bourgeoys (Commission scolaire), in 2006 (commonly known as the Multani case, where WSO participated as Intervenors). The court found that any attempt to call the kirpan a weapon was “contradicted by the evidence regarding the symbolic nature of the kirpan, it is also disrespectful to believers in the Sikh religion and does not take into account Canadian values based on multiculturalism”. Presently, Sikhs enjoy an unfettered right to wearing the kirpan in schools across the country.
Can I wear my kirpan into a school?
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