MCC has longstanding relationships with Low German speaking Mennonites living in communities and colonies across North and South America.

In Canada we have worked since the 1970s assisting families with their applications for legal status and other resettlement issues. We help Low German communities connect with local services and professionals, and maintain relationships with leaders in the communities. This helps remove barriers between Low German communities and those around them.

In Latin America we work with local leaders and organizations to increase community capacity to address issues like poverty, conflict, literacy, health and disasters. This includes the operation of resource centres that provide reading material and other resources, and support of agricultural programs and disaster relief efforts, as well as addictions treatment facilities.

We help promote German literacy skills through two publications, Mennonitsche Post (24 issues per year) and Das Blatt — a children's monthly magazine. For more information or to subscribe contact us at Die Mennonitische Post or 1-204-326-6790.

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MCC Manitoba's Low German Mennonite (LGM) Services program supports Low German-speaking newcomers living in Southern Manitoba. Our staff, based in Winkler, resource LGMs through:

  • Accessing/connecting to services
  • Empowering LGMs to serve members of their community
  • Advocacy

MCC also builds bridges by resourcing service providers and building awareness amongst the public, offering presentations on LGM history, religion, and culture to service providers and community groups.

The LGM Services program hosts several public events annually. The Kanadiertreffen gathering of LGMs takes place every summer in Winkler. This gathering provides an opportunity to celebrate culture, language, and fellowship together. Two years ago, the program also started a Winter Treffen,which takes place each February in different communities where LGMs live. The Treffen is in Low German and seeks to engage LGMs in the work of MCC. This event hosts speakers working for MCC who share about ways in which MCC supporters donate their time, skill and resources.

For more information, please contact the MCC Manitoba Low German Mennonite Services office at 1-204-325-7907.


We provide settlement support to Low German newcomers through capacity development, networking, and advocacy and in partnership with Local Immigration partnerships and Adult Language and Learning in Chatham.

MCC is the sponsoring agency for the Community Action Program for Children at 4 locations and in partnership with:

  • Woolwich Community Services Low German family support (St. Jacobs)
  • Norfolk Help Centre (Langton)
  • Mennonite Community Services (Aylmer)
  • Chatham Kent Community Health Centre (Chatham)

Each of these sites has Low German speaking staff who assist with interpretation and bridging connections between LG families and local community resources.

MCC provides leadership and support for the annual Low German Networking conferences for service providers in Aylmer and Leamington and also support the conferences held in Stratford and Wellington County.

Religious Holidays celebrated by Low German immigrants from Latin America

  • Christmas: December 25-27
  • Epiphany: January 6
  • Good Friday: April 19, 2019
  • Easter: April 21-23, 2019
  • Ascension Day (Himmelfahrt): May 30, 2019
  • Pentecost: June 9-11, 2019

Low German Newcomers

A look into the life of Low German speaking newcomers and some of the challenges they face arriving in Canada.