Events

British Columbia is one of Canada's least religious provinces and the BC Humanist Association is committed to building the Humanist community in cities and towns across the province. Together with our local affiliate communities, we host regular meetings across BC.

Groups who affiliate with us receive support to help connect with Humanists and atheists in their area and become part of a network of non-religious people across the province. Email us to find out more about affiliation.

Find out about other freethought groups across BC, Canada and internationally.

  • Sunday, July 02, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting: Nasser Najjar - Human rights in Palestine

    Nasser Najjar is a former heads of communications and a spokesperson in the international Committee of the Red Cross, a former production manager in the United Nations and a researcher for Human Rights Watch. Previously he was a journalist and is now focused on writing a book.

    All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members.

    The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.

    Click here for more details on how to find the Centre. Our events are independent of the Seniors' Centre and are open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Tuesday, July 04, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Goldis' Home in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Book Club: The West and the Rest by Roger Scruton

      

    From Amazon: Since the September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, a number of explanatory theses have been advanced. But few if any have matched the analytical depth and originality displayed by the noted English philosopher and cultural commentator Roger Scruton in The West and the Rest: Globalization and the Terrorist Threat. In this important monograph, Scruton argues that to comprehend Islamist terrorism, one must understand both the unique historical evolution of the state and the dynamic of globalization.

    Scruton contends that a fundamental gulf separates those nations that are in some sense the inheritors of the Roman-Christian political tradition and those that are not. Nations outside this political tradition are not really "states" -- which are characterized by the rule of law and the presence of representative political processes -- but fiefdoms secured primarily by power. Most Islamic nations are thus non-states, because Islamic jurisprudence typically rejects the notion that secular government has its own legitimate sphere of authority. Yet migration and other aspects of globalization have inexorably brought peoples living in Islamic non-states into constant contact with the images, products, and peoples of secular, liberal democracies. The West's projection of itself is as titillating as it is threatening and humiliating. Sure to generate debate, The West and the Rest is a powerful contribution to our national conversation about terrorism, civil society, and liberal democracy.

    Unless otherwise noted, the BC Humanist book club will be held on the first Tuesday of every month at a members home.

    Please suggest books for upcoming months and invite anyone who may be interested.

    Most books are available at the Vancouver Public Library or local book stores or through the BC Humanist Association.

  • Sunday, July 09, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting: Ann Livingston - Overdose Prevention Society

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    Compassion, Action & Civil Disobedience in the Face of a Crisis in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

    In September, 2016, three women were so concerned about the growing fentanyl overdose crisis that they set up a tent & table in an alley behind the DTES Market they managed. In potential violation of the law, they set up a drug injection/ consumption site in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to combat the many overdose deaths.

    About Ann: Ann Livingston is a creative, energetic and focused community organizer, who has made significant contributions to improving access to health care for people who use illegal drugs at the local, regional and national levels. After co founding the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) with poet/ activist Bud Osborn in 1998, she was employed as VANDU,s executive program director for 10 years. She encouraged people who use drugs, who are criminalized and labeled mentally ill, to form citizen associations and insist that they design and implement harm reduction programs. Consequently, VANDU had, and continues to have, a major influence on the public dialogue around heroin, cocaine, crystal meth and crack use and the people who are users of these illegal substances. After many years of advocacy, public education, marching in the streets and civil disobedience, Vancouver finally has a government sanctioned injection site and is hosting a second heroin prescription trial. In her current role as a volunteer with the BC Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors, Ann is meeting with marginalized, homeless people who use illegal drugs in Surrey and Abbotsford where bylaws have been implemented banning harm reduction services for drug users.

    Through her work, she has inspired community organizers, civil rights lawyers, and health professionals to view despised and excluded people who use illegal drugs as citizens deserving of compassion, health care and human rights. More importantly she works alongside drug users so that they themselves believe themselves worthy and demand their citizenship.

    She actively demonstrates innovative ideas in organizing and acts as a role model and mentor.

    Ann has promoted the formation of several non profits set up to ensure drug users are ready, organized and self governed when opportunities to end the senseless tragic deaths from preventable Hep C, HIV and illicit drug overdose arise. These include the BC Association of People on Methadone, the Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society, the BC Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors and the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs. Ann is also a board member of the Pacific Hepatitis C Network and recently served on the boards of the Downtown Eastside Neighborhood Council, the DTES Market Society and the Overdose Prevention Society. She lives at the Four Sisters Housing Co Op in the DTES of Vancouver with her young son and her oldest son who has cerebral palsy. The impact of her leadership has been transformative - opening 4 unsanctioned drug consumption sites since 1995 she put intense pressure on the police, the mayors, the health authority and the minister of health to change policy. 

    Ann has devoted time as a volunteer to the community advisory boards of the Vancouver Injection Drug User Survey, the NAOMI & SALOME Heroin Trials, the Regional HIV Prevention Committees for Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health. Ann was central ensuring the policy of 1 for 1 Needle Exchange change to Needle Distribution & Collection as well as seeding drug user groups for people who smoke crack, people who drink illegal alcohol, women who use drugs and survivors of the heroin prescription programs. 

    Ann’s leadership makes a lasting impression. She exemplifies what a caring compassionate neighbour can be. She has strong convictions and principles and is grounded by her passion for organizing citizens to solve community problems rather than creating a wasteland of services and clienthood.

    Donate to the Overdose Prevention Society's fundraiser.

    All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members.

    The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.

    Click here for more details on how to find the Centre. Our events are independent of the Seniors' Centre and are open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Sunday, July 09, 2017 at 12:00 PM · 3 rsvps
    Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Humanists at Car Free Day

    Join us again at Car Free Day on Commercial Drive.

    Sign up below if you're able to help out at our table during the day or just drop by and say hi!

  • Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting: Shalaleh Rismani - Open Roboethics Initiative

    Open Roboethics initiative (ORi) is a roboethics think tank that aims to foster active discussions of ethical, legal, and societal issues of robotics (roboethics). Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, ORi is an interdisciplinary, international group of people passionate about roboethics in general.

    Many of today’s ethical, legal, and social issues pertaining robotics are not specific to a particular country, culture, or social groups. But the discussion of ethics surrounding the design, deployment, and use of robots today remain limited by international, cultural and disciplinary boundaries.

    Just like how the web has allowed us to produce and maintain contents of Wikipedia and software designs of Linux by means of mass collaboration, ORi is experimenting with the idea that roboethics discussions and robot designs can benefit from the power of mass collaboration as well. By creating a web space where policy makers, engineers/designers, and users and other stakeholders of the technology can freely share and access roboethics related contents, we hope to accelerate roboethics discussions and inform robot designs.

    Shalaleh Rismani is currently pursuing her masters in biomedical engineering in University of British Columbia where she also received her bachelor in mechanical engineering with a mechatronics specialization. The preliminary focus of her master thesis is in design methodology and appropriate assistive technology for low-resource setting. She is also interested in ethics of how advancement of medical and assistive robotics will fit into the existing culture that exists around care and medicine in highly developed countries. Shalaleh has a diverse series of interests, enjoys connecting these fields together and collaboration with other groups.

    All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members.

    The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.

    Click here for more details on how to find the Centre. Our events are independent of the Seniors' Centre and are open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting

    Details to be confirmed.

    All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members.

    The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.

    Click here for more details on how to find the Centre. Our events are independent of the Seniors' Centre and are open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting

    Details to be confirmed.

    All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members.

    The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.

    Click here for more details on how to find the Centre. Our events are independent of the Seniors' Centre and are open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Tuesday, August 01, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Goldis' Home in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Book Club

     

     

    Unless otherwise noted, the BC Humanist book club will be held on the first Tuesday of every month at a members home.

    Please suggest books for upcoming months and invite anyone who may be interested.

    Most books are available at the Vancouver Public Library or local book stores or through the BC Humanist Association.

  • Sunday, August 06, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting

    Details to be confirmed.

    All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members.

    The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.

    Click here for more details on how to find the Centre. Our events are independent of the Seniors' Centre and are open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Sunday, August 06, 2017 at 11:00 AM
    Sunset Beach in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Humanists at Pride Sunset Beach Festival

    Join us after the Vancouver Pride Parade at the Sunset Beach Festival!

    We'll also need volunteers throughout the day, so sign-up for shifts below (if you plan on marching in the Parade, please only sign up for the shift after 4pm).



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