- Question 1
The Mennonites came to Canada because they were promised religious freedom, the right to operate
their own schools, and exemption from military service.
True. After a history of persecution, one of the conditions of Mennonite
immigration to Canada was the right to operate their own schools where Bible lessons and the German
language would be taught. It was only a number of years, however, before the Manitoba government
reneged on those privileges as well as the one granting military exemption. In 1890 the Manitoba
Public School Act was passed declaring all public schools state-controlled, tax-supported and
non-sectarian. Pleas and petitions for compromise were made by the Mennonite community but to no
avail. The Mennonites then continued on their migration to Saskatchewan, and then Alberta.
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