Indian Residential School Narratives and Media Complicity

I am sure you will find my article on Dr. Peter Bryce and the Indian Residential Schools at the beginning of the 20th century interesting and informative. The article demonstrates why we need a magazine like Humanist Perspectives to publish that which the establishment media is afraid to touch. Here is the link: Did the […]

Canada’s « fake news » of the year

The transition to the new year is a time for taking stock. It is a kind of unwritten tradition. We elect the personality of the year, we choose the event of the year. Of course, there is the sporting achievement of the year, the film of the year, the singer of the year. Parliamentary columnists […]

President of NEP interviewed by Humanist Freedoms

DISCUSSION: LAUNCH OF “THE NEW ENLIGHTENMENT PROJECT” OCTOBER 7, 2021 HUMANISTFREEDOMS In our search for interesting, challenging and critical perspectives on contemporary humanism, we occasionally find organizations and activities that we think humanistfreedoms.com readers may enjoy. The “New Enlightenment Project” caught our eye (particularly the blog section of the organization’s website which features a growing library of articles and […]

The Evolution of Aboriginal Spirituality

One of the issues with which we have been grappling in the Aboriginal Circle has been that of spirituality and what that means from a humanist lens. One of our members is a traditional pipe carrier who has considered given up his pipe because ceremonies involve prayers to a god-figure called the Creator. My own […]

On the need for aboriginal humanism

Elder David Maheengun shared with me that a search for indigenous or aboriginal humanism produced only two articles: Decolonizaing Humanism (2019) and First Nations Ceremonies (2016): “The following two provide some ideas regarding mainstream society’s perspectives on Indigenous religion within the Truth and Reconciliation recommendations.  They are helpful in understanding how Indigenous religion is viewed […]

The Medicine Wheel and Humanism

Flowing from the Enlightenment humanism recognizes human agency in the development of knowledge about reality. Such knowledge is separate from that which is said to be divinely given and takes into account subjectivities. In this article I argue that the methods of science and reason that makes such a naturalistic understanding possible are compatible with […]