Cross-Canada Celebration

Russlaender 100

This July we commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the migration of 21,000 Mennonites from the Soviet Union to Canada.

Public Events

From Ontario to British Columbia, special events have been organized, including major concerts, plays, worship services, and an academic conferences. See the event listing for details.

Memories of Migration Tour

The Russlaender Centenary Committee of MHSC has organized a cross-country train tour that is re-enacting the journey taken by the Russlaender immigrants as they travelled from their ports of arrival to points as far west as British Columbia. The three-part tour begins in Quebec City and ends in Abbotsford.

Tour Blog

Follow the Russlaender 100 Tour Blog for photos and updates from the journey.

Emily Friesen. (Photo by John Longhurst) For Emily Friesen, the Memories of Migration: Russlaender 100 Tour was like a  pilgrimage. “As I …

Daniel Dekel-Chen. (Photo courtesy of John Longhurst) One thing participants in the Memories of Migration: Russlaender 100 Tour have been reminded during …

Author Sarah Klassen (right). (Photo by John Longhurst) “I think of my novel as a migration narrative.” That’s what author Sarah Klassen …

Travelling Exhibit

Leaving Canada: The Mennonite Migration to Mexico

Touring museums and galleries across Canada, 2023–24


Divergent Voices of Canadian Mennonites

In 1999 the Mennonite Historical Society of Canada, with the financial assistance of Mennonite Central Committee Canada, undertook a multi-year project on the “Divergent Voices of Canadian Mennonites.” These have included both academic conferences and published monographs. 

Mennonites in Canada

The Mennonite Historical Society of Canada was established in 1966 to sponsor the writing of a history of the Mennonites in Canada.