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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.