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    Ha, Im from Kitchener aswell. It appears theres a few of us Kitchenerites on here, it only makes sense we are a very Germanic Community.

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    Sad to say the K-W region is not what it used to be. It would be good if some sort of effort was made in order to encourage immigration from Germany to sustain the German cultural heritage of the region.

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    so, i am back from my four-months "Trans-Canadian Tour". At first, my English is as bad as before because I just visited the "Volksdeutschen" to learn these German

    I visited Kitchener-Waterloo which is not as German as "the Internet" says except the Amisch and especially the Old Order Mennonites which I met on St. Jacobs Market. Even alot of Amish people nowadays speak English, also these one how still dont use cars and electrcity The Old Order Mennonites are quiet pretty German, speaking the "Deitsch" and also High German pretty well! After I said that I also speak Dialect at home, the old man asked: "Tust du deinen Dialekt "schwätzen" wie wir. Thats the sout-west German word for "to speak dialect". But i do "reden" (->sout-east) It was interessting that he knew the differences....

    I actually visited a Amish-Farm making money in producing Maple Sirup. They use Tractors albeit old. Old Order never might do that...

    Than I took the Greyhound to Winnipeg, 33 hours
    I drove to Steinbach and than to the more German city Winkler. Beside the Mennonite Heritage Center Steinbach was like other Canadian cities. I dont think that 7000 inhabitants still speak Plattdeutsch. The most that do came from Russia in the last years. The two cities made contracts with the government so that Germans can settle down there without alot conditions... In Winkler there was a resettlement with Germans form Germany and East-Europe. Also with "Gebethaus" and other German buldings. But I guess its the same fortune like the other Germans, the most lose the language after the next gerneration (the most dont want to secure the German language)

    Generally the countyside of Canada is full of German farmers, but the most dont speak German (are they Germans then? )

    Than to ther Hutterites (today they are 500 colonies)
    A liberal part of the Manitoba Hutterites try to "save" their German dialect. They do pretty good work... They recodnized how improtant the language is for the culture and the way how they live. I guess other liberal colonies get problems in future without changing there views. The "Old order" Hutterites (most in Alberta) thinking as German as the "liberal" Hutterites who try to save their language. Alot of the others especially the Us colonies want to be "american". The young just want to speak English and think very American and are very proud to be "one"
    They have to change the school system and other things like the media stuff which they allowed in the last years (not TV!) unless some communities will disrupt in one or two generations...

    I think some colonies are coming in the "melting pot", especially the Us communities. But alot do good work to secure traditons, culture and language. Some Manitoba Hutterites came every year to Germany visiting the places where their "ancestries" are from and learn High-German
    I am currently improving my English, please keep that in mind

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