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March 31, 1890 The Man­i­toba School Act abol­ished pub­lic fund­ing for sep­a­rate schools for Catholic stu­dents. Mem­bers of the French mi­nor­ity, who were most af­fected, ar­gued that the act vi­o­lated the agree­ments un­der which Man­i­toba had en­tered Con­fed­er­a­tion specif­i­cally, the pro­vi­sion for dual Protes­tant and Ro­man Catholic ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems. An amend­ment to the act in 1897 did not re­store sep­a­rate schools but did grant some op­por­tu­ni­ties for re­li­gious in­struc­tion within pub­lic schools.

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