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German Society speaker visits KEC

April 15, 2016

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On April 7, Kildonan-East Collegiate students from RETSD's International Education Program learned about local German-Canadian history from a special visitor.

Siefried Künzler of the German Society of Winnipeg stopped by, wearing a traditional German shirt and hunting jacket, to share a brief history of German immigration to Manitoba and how German culture continues to be celebrated in Manitoba to this day.

Mr. Künzler first came to Manitoba in 1975 as a soldier training at CFB Shilo—Germany trained over 140,000 soldiers there between 1974 and 2000. He returned to live in Manitoba in 1978.

German-Canadians are the second largest ethnic group in Manitoba, making up 19 per cent of the province's population. The German Society is one of the oldest cultural societies in Manitoba and will be celebrating its 125th anniversary next year, having been established in 1892.

Mr. Künzler's visit was arranged by KEC teacher Michael Hall in an effort to teach some local history to our international students. Next week, Victor Ramirez, cultural liaison of the Mex Y Can Association of Manitoba, will be visiting to teach them about local Mexican immigration and culture