Fon in Canada

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Fon are a large people group. Their ancestors were with the 17th century Dahomey kingdom. Today the Fon are related to the Aja people, whom they broke away from during a dispute regarding the secession of a king.

In the 1700s the slave trade was prominent in the parts of West Africa where the Fon live. They were both victims and victimizers. Some Fon people were captured and enslaved while others did the same to other tribes.

Starting in the 1800s, France had extensive colonial holdings in much of West Africa. Those areas included places where the Fon people lived.

Most live in Benin, but they also live in Gabon, Ghana and Togo. Some have migrated to France or Canada.

What Are Their Lives Like?

In deciding which immigrants to admit from developing countries, Canada has favored those with a good education and professional skills. Though they usually live a more prosperous life than they did in West Africa, Fon and other Africans tend to be more likely to be unemployed and to have lower incomes than native Canadians.

Africans must adjust to many changes in Canada. Personal relationships are different. Many of them must adjust to having a spouse in a different continent and living with a different set of social expectations. Africans assume that the group rises or falls together, but in the West, they must adjust to an individualistic culture. Overall, these Africans are highly committed to Canada as a nation.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Officially the Fon people are Christian. Like other Christians in West Africa, their version of Christianity is often clouded by animistic practices that place their faith in something lower than Jesus Christ.

What Are Their Needs?

Most of the Fon people in Canada are officially Christian. They need disciplers to strengthen them in following Jesus with all their hearts and minds.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to thrust out Holy Spirit anointed disciplers among the Fon people.

Pray for a powerful disciple making movement among every Fon community in Africa and the West.

Pray for Fon Bibles to find their way into every Fon family in Canada.

Scripture Prayers for the Fon in Canada.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Fon
People Name in Country Fon
Alternate Names Dahomean; Fo; Fogbe; Kotafon
Population this Country 1,400
Population all Countries 2,399,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 11222
ROP3 Code 103041
ROP25 Code 302433
ROP25 Name Fon
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 15.50 %)
62.00 %
Ethnic Religions
29.00 %
0.00 %
9.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Fon (1,400 speakers)
Language Code fon   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Fon (1,400 speakers)
Language Code fon   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Fon

Primary Language:  Fon

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1967)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1994)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2011-2014)
FCBH NT ( Online
YouVersion NT ( Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories Story Runners
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Fon Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Walking with Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Fon YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Fon YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources One Hope
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Fon Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
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Profile Source Joshua Project 
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