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“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Atikamekw of Canada

People Group Info

Total Population: 5,365

ROP3 Code: 100600
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: Atikamekw - (atj)
Religion: Christianity
Country of Origin: Canada

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Majority Located Where

  Wemotaci, QC - 2,700

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Brief Profile

The Atikamekw are the indigenous inhabitants of the area they refer to as Nitaskinan ("Our Land"), in the upper Saint-Maurice River valley of Quebec (about 300 kilometres (190 mi) north of Montreal), Canada. One of the main communities is Manawan, about 160 kilometres (99 mi) northeast of Montreal.

They have a tradition of agriculture as well as fishing, hunting and gathering. They have close traditional ties with the Innu people, who were their historical allies against the Inuit.

The Atikamekw language, a variety of the Cree language in the Algic family, is still in everyday use, making it therefore among the indigenous languages least threatened with extinction.

The majority adhere to Roman Catholicism with many also following indigenous religious practices.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that the Lord will raise up evangelical churches and Christians to work among the Atikamekw.
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit will open the hearts of Atikamekw toward Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel and experience a personal relationship with a living God.
  • Pray that the Lord will send evangelical Christians to share the message and love of Christ through both deed and word among the Atikamekw.


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