“How did the North become the North?” asks historian Gerald Friesen.
By the Second World War northern Canada was experiencing an influx of “new technology, money and people.”
River landings like this one near La Crete, Alta., were vital links to supplies and markets of the south. Although the first Mennonites who settled here came seeking independence and isolation, they had inserted themselves into an area with complex non-Indigenous and Indigenous histories and cultures.
For more historical photos in the Mennonite Archival Image Database, see archives.mhsc.ca.