One of the things I’m beginning to notice on this journey is the amazing variety of “family.” The traditional formula of mum + dad + 2.5 kids is not necessarily the norm anymore across Canada. People are making homes for their loved ones every which way possible.
I’m going to continue to focus on the family unit during my journey across the country. The first family I present is The Harms Family from Alberta.
Mennonites Susana, Jacob and their 4 children moved to Canada from Mexico a year ago to create a new life for their children. A Protestant sect with Germanic roots, Mennonites are found primarily in Canada and the US but there are communities living around the world including Mexico. Due to low wages and safety issues many of these Mexican Mennonites have begun to make their way north and settling in provinces such as Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Mennonites have traditional roots and work primarily in agriculture, but they do live within contemporary society. The Harms children attend the local public school and Jacob works on a farm nearby and they rent a home within the community. It’s a misnomer that Mennonites do not use technology; the Harms have cell phones, a computer and use the internet.