Creston’s Larry Ewashen speaks at Bridging the Past conference

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Creston’s Larry Ewashen speaking about Doukhobors at the recent Bridging the Past conference in Hope.

Creston’s Larry Ewashen speaking about Doukhobors at the recent Bridging the Past conference in Hope.

Creston’s Larry Ewashen was a speaker at Bridging the Past, a recent conference in Hope.

A variety of topics dealing with the heritage and history of British Columbia were covered, from native residential schools to Chinese immigration stimulated by the CPR.

Ewashen spoke on the Doukhobor history in B.C. When the Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood was foreclosed upon in 1938, it was the largest communal enterprise in North America, comprising 78,000 acres in the three western provinces and a myriad of industries and enterprises valued at $11,000,000. The final collapse came when the Farm Credit Corporation of Canada refused any assistance during the austerity created by the depression.

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