MENNONITES are members of a Protestant religious group originating in Germany and the Netherlands in the 16th century. In 2001 there were 35,495 Mennonites living in BC. The name originates with Menno Simons, an early leader of the group. Members began immigrating to N America in response to persecution, and the first Mennonites in Canada settled in Ontario in 1786. Another wave of immigrants came from Russia during the 1870s and colonized southern Manitoba, then spread across the West. The...

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