The BC and Yukon Chapter of the Shriners, who are perhaps best known for their circuses, their colorful parades, and their work on behalf of physically challenged children.
Members of the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America are members of the Masonic Order and adhere to the principles of Freemasonry — Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
Freemasonry dates back hundreds of years to when stonemasons and other craftsmen on building projects gathered in shelter houses or lodges. Through the years Masonic lodges emerged, with members bound together not by trade, but by their own wishes to be fraternal brothers.
There is no higher degree in Freemasonry than that of Master Mason (the Third Degree). However, for those men who would like to receive additional instruction and explanation regarding the allegory and symbolism learned in the Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite or the York Rite bodies elaborate on the basic tenets of Freemasonry.