Burmese in Canada


Population
2,300
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Burmese, also called the Bama, are the dominant people group in Myanmar, formerly called Burma. Because of government abuses, many people have had to leave Myanmar for other countries like Canada. People commonly mistake all people from Myanmar as being Burmese, when in fact, a large percentage of those leaving that country for the West are part of ethnic minorities, many of which have a Christian background. For our purposes, we will try to focus on the Burmese Buddhist population in Canada.


Where Are they Located?

Most Burmese live in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, and other major cities.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Commonly Burmese came to Canada from rural places where there was no running water or electricity. There is a big adjustment to living in modern cities, and finding jobs.

The Burmese in Canada are actively trying to get the Canadian government to do something about the human rights abuses in Myanmar.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Burmese are predominantly Buddhists. The traditional goal in Buddhism is to seek the middle path to nirvana, or ultimate peace.
The Burmese have mixed these Buddhist beliefs with their own animistic beliefs (belief that non-living objects have spirits). Their animistic beliefs center around inherently evil spirits called nats. The Burmese spend their lives trying to appease the nats so that they will be protected from any other evil spirits that may seek to harm them. Burmese homes often have altars for the spirits, as well as a statue of Buddha.

The Burmese, like other Buddhists, believe that death is not a threat to one who has done good deeds. Instead, death is simply a "passing" from one life to another. They believe that "rebirth" is determined by the accumulated good or bad deeds done in the previous live. Therefore, those who have earned less merit are reborn as demons, ghosts, animals, or inhabitants of hell.


What Are Their Needs?

People need to teach the Burmese language and job skills that will help them adjust to life in Canada.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Christians will teach Burmese refugees the language and job skills they need.
* Pray for the Burmese Buddhists to be reached with the gospel of Christ. This can be done by ethnic minorities from Myanmar or by Canadian nationals.
* Pray for a church planting movement among the Burmese Buddhists in Canada that will affect those in Myanmar.


References

http://www2.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=11444&page=2
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/burmese-refugees-see-struggle-paying-off-1.996646
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG3bFeXUSTA
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.128.9720&rep=rep1&type=pdf
http://www.expat-blog.com/en/nationalities/burmese/in/north-america/canada/
https://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2014/01/30/from_there_to_here_burmese_refugee_loves_canadas_respect_for_human_rights.html


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Burmese
People Name in Country Burmese
Population in Canada 2,300
World Population 31,523,900
Total Countries 16
Indigenous No
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bama, Bamar, Bamas, Burman, Man, Myan, Myan, Myen, Myanmas, Myen, Yaw, बर्मीज़
People ID 11029
ROP3 Code 101776

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language: Burmese (2,300 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: mya   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Burmese (2,300 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: mya   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Burmese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1815-1985)
New Testament Yes   (1832-1987)
Complete Bible Yes   (1835-2006)
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Greater Love (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Burmese
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video To the Golden City (Indigitube.tv)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Common Language Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Judson Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Primary Religion: Buddhism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
99.90 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.05 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
Unknown
Hinduism
Unknown
Islam
Unknown
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest 
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