No matter what place the Dakota Collegiate Lancers finish the upcoming basketball season, they'll be taking a big step forward. The Winnipeg high school is believed to be the first in Manitoba to include sport hijabs as part of their uniforms — gear created out of controversy.
"It's disappointing that some of them still don't understand that it's part of me," grade 11 student Nusaybah Mohamed said.
While warming up for a game last year, Nusaybah's sister, Amina, was pulled aside by an official who questioned her hijab.
"The referee thought it was unsafe for me to play with it on," Amina said. "The pin that was used to hold it together, they thought it was a hazard."