Kids For Inquiry Canada
Kids for Inquiry was founded in June 2012 by then 8 year old Ben Ryder who heard about all the interesting things that the Okanagan branch of CFI Canada was doing and he thought that kids should have a CFI group especially for them — and so KFI was born!
We at CFI Canada would like to see Kids for Inquiry eventually spread to all branches of CFI Canada. It’s an important way for us to fulfil our educational mission.
In the experience of the Okanagan branch, KFI attracts a broad range of families, in addition to the children of CFI supporters and members. Most significantly, KFI has attracted families who would otherwise be uninterested in CFI activities. For example, one family that frequently attends KFI Okanagan activities are devout Catholics. The parents are uninterested in CFI activities for themselves, but they do support their children’s interest in science. In another family, the parents own an alternative medicine clinic, and they are not interested in CFI activities for themselves — but, again, they support their children’s interest in science. In cases such as these, we hope that KFI is a positive contribution to these kids’ science education and critical thinking skills.
Kids for Inquiry focuses on science and skepticism. Importantly, we stay away from religious topics. This is for a number of reasons. We don’t want to alienate parents who might otherwise want to get their families involved. Religious parents simply wouldn’t bring their kids! We think it’s more important that we excite a child’s interest in science and contribute to their critical thinking skills, than that we make what is bound to be a vain attempt to challenge their family’s religious beliefs. We also don’t think we should be putting children in the uncomfortable position of having their family’s religious beliefs challenged by strangers, when children are not in a position to fully evaluate those religious beliefs. If, however, their critical thinking skills are transferable — from evaluating the evidence for the existence of Big Foot to evaluating the evidence for the existence of God — that would be a positive “side effect”. We do hope that, one day, we will be able to set up a Teens for Inquiry group, and we think that religious topics will be fair game for that age group.
We try to keep our KFI events as low cost as possible (usually free, with donations gratefully accepted) in order to make sure that kids from low income families are able to attend. Please help us to spread the word to engage families in your community!
- Science Over Naturopathy in Sentencing of David and Collet Stephan
- CFIC Prince Edward Island
- Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Year-End Perspective For 2015/2016
- Getting Involved!
- CFI Halifax
- Chilliwack: Rejects Dawkins’ The Magic of Reality
- Paris, November 2015
- York University
- CFIC’s Darwin Day Headquarters
- Reason For Change
- CFI On Pseudo-Science and Religion in Healthcare
- Critical Evaluation of Journalism: Deadly and Dangerous Pseudoscience
- Have You Ever Inquired About Services at a Naturopathic Clinic?
- Saskatchewan Burlesque Controversy
- Canada’s New Parliamentary E-Petition System
- University of Toronto Scarborough
- Parliamentary E-Petition Opposing Canada’s Blasphemy Law
- O! Canada
- Canada’s 42nd Election: Secularism and Science
- Consumer Education and Advocacy
- Living Without Religion – Overcoming Isolation
- Gifts in Kind at Centre For Inquiry Canada
- Ashu Solo vs City of Saskatoon and Randy Donauer
- ICABL Charter
- Brussels March 2016
- CFI Canada Discourse #3: Telepathy Proved !?
- City of Ottawa’s Hijab Day
- Congratulations to CFI (US) on Leadership Transition
- Saskatchewan Wants a Secular Government
- CFIC Remembers Our Friends
- CFI Canada: Setting Our Agenda
- Bangladesh: Protection For Secular Human Rights and Atheist Bloggers
- Planned Giving At Centre For Inquiry Canada
- End Blasphemy Laws Now!
- Brad Wall’s Christmas Message: Should Saskatchewan Secularists Complain?
- 2016 Fundraising Campaign
- Muti: Traditional Medicine Practice in Africa
- Institute of Holistic Nutrition
- Skull Suture Manipulation on Children with Autism and/or ADHD
- CFIC Condemns Ongoing Faith-Based Murders in Bangladesh
- 17 Organizations Issue Joint Statement to PM Trudeau
- Joint Statement Condemning Bangladesh Government
- United Way, Employee Giving and Centre For inquiry Canada
- A Brief History of Secularism in Canada
- WiFi Rats
- CFIC Discusses Bangladesh with UNHCR and ORF
- CFIC Joins Call to Repeal Greek Blasphemy Law
- Pseudo-Science: Inquiries into the Incursion of Pseudo-science into Health Services Education
- Recollections of the Founding of CFI Canada
- Quebec’s Bill 59: A Hate Speech Bill
- CFIC Implores the Canadian Government To Help Tareq Rahim
- Centre For Inquiry Canada Statement of Values Draft for Board Approval May 2014
- Montreal Pride
- Pope Has Nerve Citing Ideology: (His trip to Cuba)
- Centre For Inquiry Canada Podcast
- Centre For Inquiry Canada Statement of Values February 2015
- Centre For Inquiry Canada Statement of Values Final Approved
- Centre For Inquiry Canada Letter to School District Nov 27
- C-14 Passed