Lillooet of Canada


People Group Info

Total Population: 6,670

ROP3 Code: 105773
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: Lillooet - (lil)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Canada

Status of Christianity


No Longer Unreached

GSEC Level: 6

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Majority Located Where

  Lillooet, BC - 2,300

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Brief Profile

The Lillooet, meaning "wild onion" and also known as the St'at'imc, are a First Nations people who reside in the southern Coast Mountains and Fraser Canyon region of the interior of the Canadian province of British Columbia.

They are divided linguistically, culturally, and geographically in two tribes: Lower St'at'imc and Upper St'at'imc.

The majority speak English. However, a few Lillooet still speak St'at'imc. In 2014, only 140 could converse in St'at'imc of the total number of Lilliooet.

Contact with Christianity has a long history among Lillooet, beginning as far back as 1837 when they encountered Roman Catholic priests. As a result, a large percentage claim Roman Catholicism with another percentage being Anglican.

The St'át'imc way of life is inseparably connected to the land. (they) use different locations throughout (their) territory of rivers, mountains and lakes, planning (their) trips with the best times to hunt and fish, harvest food and gather medicines. The lessons of living on the land are a large part of the inheritance passed on from St'át'imc elders to (their) children. Quote from St'at'imc Nation website.

Prayer Points

  • Pray God will work in and through the lives of Christian Lilloet people as they share the message of Christ among other Lilloet people and beyond.
  • Pray for Lillooet people to understand that the message of Christ is not something we seek to earn but comes throught God's free grace as revealed through the life and message of Jesus Christ.

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