Mennonite Heritage Week 2021 Reading List



For Mennonite Heritage Week 2021, the Institute of Mennonite and Anabaptist Studies at Grebel is offering a selected reading and resource list dealing with Mennonite-Indigenous encounters and relations in the Canadian context. Some of these are available online; others are available in print in libraries or online through institutional access. This list does not include the numerous articles in denominational periodicals.

  • Epp, Roger.  “There was no one here when we came”: Overcoming the Settler Problem. 2011 Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies. The Conrad Grebel Review 30, no. 2 (Spring 2012): 115-35.
  • Driedger, Leo. "Native Rebellion and Mennonite Invasion: An Examination of Two Canadian River Valleys." Mennonite Quarterly Review 46, no. 3 (July 1972): 290-300.
  • Good, E. Reginald. “Colonizing a People: Mennonite Settlement in Waterloo Township.” Chapter 9 in David McNab, ed.  Earth, Water, Air, and Fire: Studies in Canadian Ethnohistory. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1988.
  • Good, E. Reginald. “Mississauga-Mennonite Relations in the Upper Grand River Valley.” Ontario History 87, no. 2 (1995): 155–172.
  • Friesen, Jeffrey, and Steve Heinrichs, eds. Quest for Respect: The Church and Indigenous Spirituality. Winnipeg, MB: Mennonite Church Canada, 2017.
  • Heinrichs, Steve. Ed. Wrongs to Rights: How Churches Can Engage the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Winnipeg, MB: Mennonite Church Canada, 2016.
  • Heinrichs, Steve, and Esther Epp-Tiessen, eds. Be it Resolved: Anabaptists & Partner Coalitions Advocate for Indigenous Justice, 1966-2020. Winnipeg, MB: Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Central Committee Canada, 2020.
  • Hyejung, Jessie Yum. “Unsettling the Radical Witness of Peace: A Decolonizing Investigation of Mennonite Migration from Russia to Manitoba in the 1870s.” Anabaptist Witness, 7, no. 2 (October 2020).
  • Journal of Mennonite Studies. Special Issue on History of Aboriginal-Mennonite Relations. Volume 19 (2001).
  • Klassen, Shelisa. “’Heroes of a Flat Country’: Mennonite Life, Agriculture, and Mythmaking in Manitoba Newspapers, 1870s-1890.” Journal of Mennonite Studies 39 (2021): 175-91.
  • Klippenstein, Lawrence. “Manitoba Metis and Mennonite Immigrants: First Contacts.” Mennonite Quarterly Review 48 (1974): 476-48.
  • Leitch, Brad, director. Reserve 107: Reconciliation on the Prairies. Produced by Rebel Sky Media with Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan and St. John’s Lutheran Church (Laird, Sask.), 2016.
  • Littlewolf, Erica, and Pam Peter-Pries, compilers. Overcoming the Doctrine of Discovery. Intersections: MCC Theory & Practice Quarterly, 6, no. 1 (Winter 2018). Includes several Canada-focused articles.
  • Neufeld, Henry. “’Never a Teacher’: Henry Neufeld and His ‘Indian Day School’ Experience.” Mennonite Historian 44, no. 2 (June 2018): 2-5.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. “Settler Colonial Conscripts: Mennonite Reserves and the Enfolding of Implicated Subjects.” Postcolonial Studies 24, no. 2 (June 2021).
  • Siegrist, Anthony. “‘Part of the Authority Structure’: An Organizational History of Mennonite Indian Residential Schools in Ontario.” Mennonite Quarterly Review, 93 (January 2019): 5-38.
  • Steiner, Sam. In Search of Promised Lands: A Religious History of Mennonites in Ontario. Kitchener, Ont.: Herald Press, 2015.
  • Steiner includes significant sections on Mennonite settlement, and involvement with residential schools in Ontario.
  • Wiebe, Joseph R. “On the Mennonite-Métis Borderland: Environment, Colonialism, and Settlement in Manitoba.” Journal of Mennonite Studies, 35 (2017): 111-26.