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The BC Humanist Association fully supports the protection and promotion of human rights, codified in documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These rights transcend individual religious and cultural traditions and represent our shared humanity. We believe that human rights are the best tool to promote human dignity.

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Senate rises for summer without passing conversion therapy bill

The BC Humanist Association were disappointed to see the Senate adjourn for the summer yesterday without passing Bill C-6. The bill, which only cleared the House of Commons last week, would ban conversion therapy in Canada. Senators had approved the bill at second reading and referred it to the Standing Senate Committee...

Conversion therapy ban passes House of Commons

Humanists urge the Senate to pass Bill C-6 before summer break In a recorded vote this afternoon, Members of Parliament voted 263-63 to grant third reading to a bill that would ban conversion therapy in Canada. Bill C-6 is the second time Parliament has considered banning the harmful and pseudoscientific...

BCHA reacts to 2021 provincial and federal budgets

Yesterday the Government of Canada released its 2021 budget and today the Government of BC released its budget. The BC Humanist Association is celebrating investments in childcare, reconciliation and efforts to combat systemic racism.

BCHA joins call to decriminalize poverty in Vancouver

The BC Humanist Association has joined calls from community to divest from policing and invest in community programs in the City of Vancouver.

Prorogation kills bills to ban conversion therapy, reform MAID

The BC Humanist Association is calling on Members of Parliament (MPs) to commit to the quick reintroduction and passage of two bills this fall after an announcement yesterday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was proroguing Parliament until September 23. With prorogation all bills are wiped from the order paper. This included...

Anti-LGBTQ2S+ Christian camp received over $600,000 from government

Despite accusations of discriminating against LGBTQ2S+ staff, evangelical Bible camp Young Life has received over $600,000 in government funding in recent years, according to its charitable tax returns. This included over $150,000 from the federal government in 2019. A movement of current and former members of Young Life is rallying...

Humanists petition for conversion therapy ban

In a petition launched today, members of the BC Humanist Association are calling on parliamentarians to pass a bill banning conversion therapy in Canada.

A Just Recovery is a Humanist Recovery

The BC Humanist Association is joining over 150 Canadian organizations in the launch today of six principles for a Just Recovery for All. The BCHA has also signed onto the Vancouver Just Recovery's joint statement. The movements for a just recovery are calling on governments to ensure that recovery efforts support...

Humanists join call to decriminalize simple drug possession immediately

The BC Humanist Association is joining over 50 human rights, health and drug policy organizations in calling on key ministers in the federal government to immediately decriminalize the possession of illicit drugs in response to the twin crises of opioid overdoses and the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter was started by the Canadian...

The first step to decolonizing Humanism

We acknowledge that this event takes place on the traditional and unceded shared territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skxwú7mesh (Squamish) & səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Attend nearly any event in Vancouver in the past few years, particularly ones held by progressive organizations, and you are likely to hear some variation on...

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