The Old Colony Mennonite Church (Alt-Kolonie Mennonitengemeinde) at Cheslatta, British Columbia began services in the 1940s. In 1940, the British Columbia and Saskatchewan governments and the Canadian National Railway brought 25 Old Colony Mennonite families from drought stricken areas in the Hague-Osler and Toppingham areas of Saskatchewan to the Burns Lake District. Other families followed in the next few years. These settlers established churches in Cheslatta and Grassy Plains. Cheslatta is approximately 60 km. south of Burns Lake, east of Ootsa Lake.
In 2010 the church held services in Low German and High German and had a membership of approximately 200.
Gutsche, Horst W. "Verzeichnis deutschsprachiger Gemeinden und Seelsorger in Kanada." March 2010. Web. 23 February 2012..
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Stevenson, Jane. "Mennonite Migration, 1940: Fleeing the Prairie Drought." Northwood Magazine (October 2011). Web. 22 February 2012. http://northword.ca/october-2011/mennonite-migration-1940.
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 Additional Information
Burns Lake & Lakes District History & Genealogy Website: Mennonite Arrivals at Cheslatta.
|Richard D. Thiessen|
|Date Published||February 2012|
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Epp, Marlene and Richard D. Thiessen. "Old Colony Mennonite Church (Cheslatta, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2012. Web. 19 Apr 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Old_Colony_Mennonite_Church_(Cheslatta,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=115122.
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