Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of ManitobaHumanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba
Hello from the Humanists, Atheists and Agnostics of Manitoba! Our mission is to build a secular community where non-believers can feel safe and supported. We seek to give a voice to humanists, atheists and agnostics through discussion, constructive activism, education and philanthropy and seek to use our human capacities of empathy, compassion and rational thinking as the foundation for ethical behaviour. Humanism seeks to increase human empathy, the mental process of understanding what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes.
HAAM has official, public positions on several issues including:
- HAAM opposes legislation that seeks to discriminate against people based on gender, race, age, mental or physical disability, religious belief or lack thereof, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
- We believe that laws and regulations that limit or deny freedoms and rights must have a valid, secular foundation.
- HAAM holds that individual human rights necessarily include the premise of individual sovereignty over decisions that affect one’s person.
We support charitable causes as diverse as:
- refugee sponsorship
- the Lake Winnipeg Foundation
- a secular summer camp
- Pride Winnipeg
- a Humanist school in Uganda
- disadvantaged university students
- an inner-city women’s centre
- a safe neighborhood initiative
- The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre
In addition to our monthly meetings, some of the recent activities we have hosted are a film fest, a spaghetti dinner, and movie nights. Some of the things our members have done in the recent past are:
- toured the Canadian Museum of Human Rights
- participated in the Winnipeg Pride Parade
- marched in the (first ever!) Steinbach Pride March
- attended Regina’s Shift to Reason conference
- donated blood
- celebrated Darwin Day
- celebrated International Human Rights Day
- celebrated Openly Secular Day
- formed a private support group for secular parents
- launched a new Humanist group in Steinbach
As Humanists, we are involved in community outreach and activism. Some of the causes in which our supporters have demonstrated activism are:
- stood up for Medical Aid in Dying
- rallied for Black Lives Matter
- stood up for diversity and anti-bullying programs in Manitoba schools
- stood up for reproductive choice
- stood up for inclusive, secular government
- spoke out against blasphemy laws and proselytizing in public schools
Our Outreach crew were exceptionally busy, meeting the public at the U of M, the Steinbach Summer in the City Festival, and the Morden Corn and Apple Festival; and speaking to private groups at the Circle of Reason, the Pembina Valley Secular Community, and high school classes in the Bible Belt.
“Atheist tells you what I’m not, Humanist tells you what I am.”