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Mennonite, Settlement

A Mennonite is a member of an Anabaptist church that believes in peaceful problem solving and the simple things in life. The Mennonites arrived in Alberta in the period after World War I. The Mennonites were only allowed to immigrate into Canada after meeting many requirements. As pacifists (people that believe in peaceful ways to settle all things), they had to agree that they would accept forms of military service.

Of these early Mennonite immigrants, few came to Alberta. The ones that did arrive here, however, were known as "Russlanders."

The Mennonites settled mostly around southern Alberta, in communities such as Brooks and Duchess, although some Mennonite families settled in central Albertan communities. In Alberta, Mennonite settlers did not form the communal communities they did elsewhere. Nevertheless, the new Mennonite Albertans quickly created their homesteads.

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