Humanism is a world view which says that reason and science are the best ways to understand the world around us and which emphasizes that dignity and compassion comprise the basis for human interaction.
Humanism is best expressed as an ethical way of life. It is based on human experience and imbued with compassion for other human beings. Humanism seeks the betterment of humanity through the methods of science, democracy, and reason, without any limitations by political, social or religious dogma. Therefore, humanism supports the separation of religion from the democratic institutions of state and governance in respect of the diversity of individual belief systems. In this way, humanism is a better reflection of the rights of individuals enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.