Muslim women wearing burkinis banned from swimming pool in Canada
A Muslim mother and her two daughters were denied access to a pool at a resort in Winnipeg, Manitoba, because of the burkinis they were wearing.
A Muslim mother and her daughters wearing burkinis were not allowed to swim at a water park in Canada.
On Friday, mother Halima Jelloul, her husband and two daughters booked a room at the Lilac Resort in Winnipeg, capital of the southern province of Manitoba, CTV News reported.
The family were told they couldn’t get into the pool because they were wearing burkinis, women’s full bathing suits that cover everything but the hands, face and feet.
“About 10-15 minutes the owner approached us and said that due to the burkini my daughter and I were wearing, we weren’t allowed on the waterslide,” Jelloul said.
“My girls were crying. It wasn’t really a good time for us, so I had to check in with my girls to see if they were okay and if they wanted to stay or go,” she said.
Jelloul added, “We experience it daily at the beach. People looking at you don’t know what it is, which is okay, and some education needs to take place.”
“I was very uncomfortable, obviously. I wasn’t shocked that it happened,” said Jelloul’s daughter, Salma Douida.
“And I think Muslim women or anyone who dresses modestly should have the right and if it happens to them they should speak up,” the 14-year-old added.
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The owner of the establishment apologized
A health inspector was called to fix the problem.
The family received permission after the inspector said it was not against public health rules to enter the pool or water park with a burkini. However, the family chose to leave.
“As long as the burkini in question is properly constructed, there is no safety issue,” said Christopher Love, the organization’s safety management coordinator.
Dan Manaigre, the resort’s owner, said he approached the family because he didn’t know what a burkini was and thought it was streetwear – a major public health breach if he was worn in a swimming pool.
“I want to apologize to the family because I just didn’t know,” Manaigre said.
The ban on Muslim women entering the beach or swimming pools with burkinis, which began in France in 2016 and spread to some European countries, was also demanded in Canada at this time.
In the province of Quebec, known for its pro-French practices, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has rejected the burkini ban.
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