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“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Chipewyan of Canada

People Group Info

Total Population: 6,900

ROP3 Code: 102152
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: Chipewyan - (chp)
Religion: Ethnic Religions
Country of Origin: Canada

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  , AB - 6,900

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Brief Profile

The Chipewyan, meaning "people of the barrens" are a First Nations Dene ethnolinguistic people group (see Dene Nation) from what is now Western Canada. They presently reside in the region spanning the western Canadian Shield to the Northwest Territories and including some northern parts of the provinces of Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

They speak the Denesuline language. Denesuline is a cognate of the word dene, meaning "people". Speakers of the language speak different dialects but understand each other. Most Chipewyan people call themselves Dene to describe themselves and their language.

The Chipewyan were, and generally still are, animists. Their belief system allowed for easy integration with Christian contact. Therefore, most Chipewyan are now both Christian and animist.

Prayer Points

  • Pray God will work through and in the lives of the Chipewyan people to grow in their understanding Jesus Christ and not succumb to a lifestyle of secularism that becomes non-religious.
  • Pray that Chipeyean evangelicals will be light crossing their own cultural comforts to engage the least reached peoples in North America.

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