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“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Gitxsan of Canada

People Group Info

Total Population: 13,000

ROP3 Code: 103388
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: Gitxsan - (git)
Religion: Christianity
Country of Origin: Canada

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Majority Located Where

  Kitwanga, BC - 1,200

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Brief Profile

Gitxsan (also spelled Gitksan) are an indigenous people of Canada. Their name means "people of" (Git) "the River of Mist" (Xsan). Their territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles of land, from the basin of the upper Skeena River from about Legate Creek to the Skeena's headwaters and its surrounding tributaries.

Their culture is part of the civilization of the Pacific Northwest Coast, although their territory lies in the Interior rather than on the Coast. Their neighbors to the west are the Tsimshian (Coastal Tsimshian) while to the east their neighbors are the Athapaskan people, with whom they have a long and deep relationship and shared political and cultural community.

According to the Gitxsan Tribe website, "the Wilp and clan are the two most important units of society. A person is born into a particular Wilp and clan. The Gitxsan have a matrilineal system with House members tracing lineage through their mother's side. All Gitxsan belong to a Wilp (House group), which is the basic unit for social, economic and political purposes."

Prayer Points

  • Pray that Gitxsan people will come in contact and also become friends with people who live a life that is influenced with Jesus Christ in their daily affairs of life.
  • Pray that evangelicals will live among, learn the Gitxsan culture, and share Christ both in word and deed.
  • Pray Gitxsan Christians will boldly share their faith with their own people and cross-cultures sharing Christian with other people groups in Canada


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