The BC Humanist Association is looking for volunteers to help with their Saguenay Project. For the past several years, the BCHA has been investigating unconstitutional prayers in municipal council meetings across the country (see the Do cities listen to the Supreme Court? episode of Podcast for Inquiry). This work has helped ensure that municipalities adhere to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Saguenay, which found that including prayer in municipal council meetings was unconstitutional.
The project has released a number of reports that have helped increase compliance. For example, BCHA advocacy and research helped reduce the number of BC municipalities violating Saguenay from 26 in 2018 to seven in 2022 (see We Yelled At Them Until They Stopped). The BCHA is currently focusing on Ontario and updating its previous report on the topic, and will then work on reports on Alberta and Saskatchewan.
BCHA is looking for volunteers to fill the following roles: Transcribe prayers from video recordings of meetings. Locate and review the agendas, minutes, and videos of municipal council meetings. Help with advocacy on the ground once reports are released. Full instructions will be provided, and hours are very flexible: You can pop in and transcribe prayers when you can.
If you are interested in helping out with the project, please contact the BCHA Research Coordinator, Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff.