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Leaving Canada Speaker Series – IN PERSON
Aug 30, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The spring of 1922, one hundred years ago, marked the beginning of a mass migration of nearly 8,000 Mennonites from Canada to Mexico and Paraguay. By leaving Canada and starting over in Latin America they sought to avoid assimilation and preserve their autonomy as an ethnoreligious community.
From June to November, with support from the Plett Foundation, Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies and Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) are showing “Leaving Canada: The Mennonite Migration to Mexico,” a special exhibit that explores this momentous event, in its various dimensions, featuring artefacts, historical photographs from public archives and private collections, and original interpretative content.
The third event in our “Leaving Canada” series is a screening of the film Conform, a new documentary produced by the Plett Foundation and Refuge 31 films about the Mennonite migration to Mexico of the 1920s. The screening will be held at Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach. This is an in-person event; there will be no livestream.
Historian Royden Loewen will host, and attendees will hear from the director, Andrew Wall.