Chilcotin of Canada

People Group Info

Total Population: 2,500

ROP3 Code: 102112
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: Chilcotin - (clc)
Religion: Christianity
Country of Origin: Canada

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Majority Located Where

  Alexis Creek, BC - 2,500

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Brief Profile

Chilcotin, meaning "people of the red ochre river", refers to the Tsilhqot'in people, an Athabaskan First Nations people of British Columbia, Canada.

The Tsilhqot'in were part of an extensive trade network, trading salmon from the coast of British Columbia to Cree people territories to the East. When they encountered European presence, they, like many other First Nations peoples, contracted many different fatal diseases.

Present day Chilcotin reside in several communities: including, Tl'esqox (Toosey), Yunesit'in (Stone), Tl’etinqox (Anaham), Tsi Del Del (Redstone), Xeni Gwet'in (Nemiah Valley), Esdilagh (Alexandria), and Ulkatcho at Anahim Lake (mixed Tsilhqot’in-Dakelh community). There are also two other notable Non-Reserve communities in the region: Alexis Creek and Anahim Lake. Despite its small population and isolation, the region has produced an impressive collection of literature mixing naturalism with native and settler cultures.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for the gospel to continue to spread in their various communities.
  • Pray for God to raise up Christian leaders from within the Chilcotin community to work in the harvest field among the least reached peoples.
  • Pray for Christians in the Chilcotin communities to start new churches and ministries.


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