Bambara in Canada

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge


Bambara speakers are mostly from Mali, and few Canadians have a Malian background. Being small in number, Bambara speakers must mix in with other West African people when they wish to celebrate their own culture.

In deciding which immigrants to admit from developing countries, Canada has favored those with a good education and professional skills. Even then, there are language barriers, since Bambara speakers have French only as trade language. Bambara speakers who arrive in Canada often are often under-employed.

Though they usually live a more prosperous life than they did in Mali, Bambara speakers must adjust to many changes in Canada. Not only the language, but the climate and personal relationships are far different. Many of them must adjust to having a spouse in a different continent, and living with a different set of expectations. Africans assume that the group rises or falls together, but in the West they must adjust to acting as individuals.

Ministry Obstacles

Bambara speakers are folk Muslims, meaning that they are Muslims with a strong bent towards pre-Islamic tribal religion. The well-educated among them are more secular than those who live in rural Africa. To any Muslim, Jesus is only a prophet, not the savior.

Outreach Ideas

Believers in Canada's business communities can hire Bambara speakers, and have regular contact with them in the workplace. Bambara identity is in jeopardy in a land where they are a small minority. Believers can help them find a new identity in Christ through discipleship.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are some Bambara speakers who follow Christ in Canada. Pray that they will shine His light in such a way that other West Africans will be attracted to Him. Pray for a discipleship making movement among West Africans to form in Canada.

Pray for the Entire People Group

* Pray for the Bambara people to look to Jesus Christ for their needs.
* Pray for them to accept His ways.

People Name General Bambara
People Name in Country Bambara
Population in Canada 700
World Population 5,728,600
Total Countries 12
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per
Alternate Names Bamanakan, Kpeera, Noumou
People ID 10617
ROP3 Code 100925

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Bamanankan (700 speakers)
Language Code bam   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Bambara
Dialect Code 10   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bamanankan
Primary Language Bamanankan (700 speakers)
Language Code bam   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Bambara
Dialect Code 10   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bamanankan

Primary Language:  Bamanankan

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1923-1942)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1933)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1961-1987)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
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World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bamanankan
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.60 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
96.00 %
Other / Small
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
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