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“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Heiltsuk of Canada

People Group Info

Total Population: 1,870

ROP3 Code: 103750
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: Heiltsuk - (hei)
Religion: Christianity
Country of Origin: Canada

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Majority Located Where

  Bella Bella, BC - 1,870

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Brief Profile

The Heiltsuk people, also known as the Bella Bella, are First Nations people of the Central Coast region in British Columbia, centered on the island communities of Bella Bella and Klemtu. Heiltsuk culture has been and is known for its ceremonial, military, and artistic skills. The Heiltsuk were early participants in the revival of the ocean-going cedar canoes during the 1980s.

They speak Heilstuk, also known as Hailhzaqvla. The Heilstuk people assert that their language is "a living language that expresses (their) worldview and way of life. (Their) language connects (them) to the wisdom and knowledge of (their) ancestors and infuses (their) People with valuable insights and understanding." (Heilstuk Nation)

Christianity has a long history among the Heiltsuk. Early on Christianity retained pragmatic animistic practices. As a result, among some Heiltsuk, traditional religious beliefs and practices are still alive.

Prayer Points

  • Pray they will experience revival and renewal in order to spread the Gospel message to the least reached people groups.
  • Pray God will call them to cross their own culture and and minister among the least reached people groups.


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