The Hutterite religion was established by Jakob Hutter in Central Europe during the 1520s, at the time of Europe's Protestant Reformation. AsGerman-speaking Anabaptists and pacifists who practised communal living they had been subjected to persecution. Nearly extinct by the 18th and 19th century, the Hutterites found a new home in North America. Hutterites first settled in Manitoba in 1918 when they abandoned their settlements in South Dakota and moved north to secure land in southern Alberta and in Manitoba close to Winnipeg.
In 1918 members of the Schmiedeleut colonies in South Dakota purchased land in Cartier Municipality, Manitoba, where they established six colonies (James Valley, Huron, Milltown, Bonne Homme, Maxwell and Rosedale)...According to the most recent estimates, there are 105 Hutterite communities remaining in Manitoba and the total number of members stands at an estimated 9,075 in this province.
The James Valley Hutterite colony is situated approximately six kilometres from the Manitoban village of Elie and about 40km west of Winnipeg.
At the centre of Hutterian life is the concept that no one in the community can afford to remain idle, as a strong work ethic on the part of all members is the key to economic prosperity and social cohesion. As such, when a colony reaches a population of about 160 inhabitants, the situation becomes more difficult to manage and it is time to ask half the inhabitants to settle elsewhere. as was done recently in James Valley.
Despite the Hutterite colony's traditional, communitarian lifestyle, tell-tale signs of the 21st century are everywhere.
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