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"A Mennonite Settlement," Manitoba Free Press, May 18, 1920.
Most Mennonite immigrants to Canada viewed themselves as a people set apart, separated from mainstream Canadian culture by their German language and Anabaptist faith. Control over the education of their children was thus a central concern. Over their first few decades in Canada, the community and Canadian society in general were divided about whether the Mennonites should be assimilated -- at least somewhat -- to mainstream cultural understanding.

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