Bella Coola of Canada


People Group Info

Total Population: 1,500

ROP3 Code: 101239
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: Bella Coola - (blc)
Religion: Christianity
Country of Origin: Canada

Status of Christianity


No Longer Unreached

GSEC Level: 5

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Majority Located Where

  Bella Coola, BC - 900

Current Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) population estimates indicate a total Nuxalk population of approximately 1400 with nearly 900 of those living on the Nuxalk reserve in Bella Coola. However, according to the traditional Nuxalk government, the true Nuxalk population is closer to 3,000. This number includes people of Nuxalk ancestry who are not registered with the Nuxalk Nation or may be registered to another band government.

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Brief Profile

Bella Coola, also called Nuxalk, are a First Nations peoples whose villages traditionally were located in what is now the central British Columbia coast, along the upper Dean and Burke channels and the lower parts of the Bella Coola River valley.

They spoke a Salishan language related to that of the Coast Salish to the south. Their ancestors probably separated from the main body of Salish and migrated northward. Although their material culture, ceremonials, and mythology resembled those of their Heiltsuq neighbours (see Kwakiutl), their social organization was similar to that of the more distant Salish.

The Bella Coola were one of the tribes of Northwest Indians who erected Totem Poles. Totem poles were carved with animals that symbolized their guardian spirits.

The majority adhere to American Indian panentheism or Christianity.

For more information, see Nuxalk Nation.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Bella Coola people to find not just economic prosperity, but the riches of new life in Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for workers to raise up to reap the harvest among Bella Coola people who are more open to Christianity.
  • Pray for the evangelization and discipleship of Bella Coola people.

Resources

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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaBella Coola BC900