THE HUTTERITES: A CASE STUDY IN MINORITY RIGHTS
AbstractIn this article the author examines problems surrounding Hutterite colonies within the prairie provinces. He outlines the arguments put forth against Hutterite expansion by residents of rural areas of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. He then examines the history of legislation dealing with the Hutterites and discusses the extensive history of Hutterite persecution. The author then discusses the constitutionality of Alberta’s Communal Property Act in relation to freedom of religion, and examines three types of relationships that could possibly occur between Hutterites and non-Hutterites. In conclusion, the author suggests that a relationship of accommodation should be the goal for provincial governments, and argues that only by playing a positive role in education and in the location of new colonies, will the provincial governments be able to ease bitterness and promote a climate of tolerance.
Keywords:Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, Constitutional Law
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