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Religious Refugees


Order-in-council, P.C. 827B, April 26, 1872.
This 1872 order-in-council allowed groups of homesteaders to settle on "contiguous lots of land, so as to enable them to form their own communities." A major concession for religious communities like the Mennonites and the Doukhobors, this provision attracted cultural groups who wanted to create separate communities in which they could live out their distinct spiritual and cultural visions.

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