North African, general in Canada

North African, general
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Map Source:  People Group location: Canadian census data, Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: North African, general
Country: Canada
10/40 Window: No
Population: 48,000
World Population: 48,000
Primary Language: English
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.50 %
Evangelicals: 0.30 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Arab World, general
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

North Africans living in Canada come from or are descended from Egypt, Morocco and to a lesser extent Libya, Algeria and Tunisia. The number of Moroccan Christians in Canada has increased. They began coming to Canada in the 1960s. More came in the late 20th century. There are now several Moroccan organizations in Canada. Most of them live in Montreal. They speak Arabic, Berber, English and French. The number of Egyptians in Canada has increased in recent years. Most are Coptic Orthodox Christians with some Sunni Muslims. There is a small Jewish community. Most live in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. They speak Arabic, Coptic, English and French.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most North Africans in Canada are from the wealthier communities. They are commonly in business or a profession. A small number are professional entertainers. There are many university students among them, though such people seldom stay in Canada.

What Are Their Beliefs?

North Africans are usually Sunni Muslim. Islam is usually mixed with traditional religions, but as North Africans come in contact with orthodox Islam, they usually stop practicing traditional religion. Animistic practices become less relevant to people living in a Western urban environment.

What Are Their Needs?

The North Africans in Canada need someone to take Christ to them. They need to put their faith in the risen Savior, not a religion of works.

Prayer Points

Pray that the North African born again Christians among them will help lead them to salvation. Pray that God will give the North Africans in Canada dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ. Pray for a movement to Christ among Muslim background North Africans in Canada.

Text Source:   Joshua Project