The origins of our group go back a long way. We began as the Humanist Association of Manitoba (HAM). Many of its members originally came together through their association in the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In the early 1990’s, long-time humanist and Unitarian Cec Muldrew called a meeting of those he believed might be interested in revitalizing a humanist group. This meeting led to the development of HAM as we know it today.
In 2012, the group decided that it was time to change the name of the group to be more inclusive. After much discussion, the name was changed to Humanists, Atheists and Agnostics of Manitoba (HA2M or HAAM), not wanting to exclude like-minded people who might not identify themselves as humanists.
While its membership is largely atheist and agnostic, HAAM also looks for common links with other people and groups interested in pursuing social justice and freedom of (as well as from) religion for everyone.