"What a relief it was to be on the platform where the air felt so
pure and refreshing. We were all physically exhausted and aching all over,
but we were so happy at long last to be in Winnipeg."
Joseph Wilder, Read All About It, Peguis Publishers, 1978
"The ship . . . would ordinarily carry 700 passengers and there were
over 2,500 of us on board. There were a lot of goods being brought over.
Everybody had a lot of things . . . It was very crowded."
P.S. Horndern, Barr Colony, 1903, as quoted in Heather
Robertson, Salt of the Earth
"The earth is everywhere rich and black. My own countrymen are
starved for land. This empty realm could be their salvation."
Dr. Josef Oleskow, as quoted in Pierre Berton, The Promised
Land: Settling the West, 1896-1914.
"We had been promised that there [in Canada] we could again live in
freedom according to the word of the Lord and according to the teachings of
Altester Johann Wiebe, Mennonitische Rundschau, 1926
"I am fully confident . . . that you will help us to realize a plan
whose ultimate objective is to create a French and Catholic nation in the
vast prairies of the Northwest."
Adéodat Thérien, 1897