Christ’s Compassion, Our Compassion – 57th National Prayer Breakfast

Christ’s Compassion, Our Compassion

This year’s theme is Christ’s Compassion, Our Compassion (2 Corinthians 1:3-4), with keynote speaker Mr. Bill Adsit, member of the Tahltan Band and residential school survivor.

Christ’s compassion creates ‘residential school conqueror’

Since 1964, the National Prayer Breakfast of Canada has been an opportunity to gather at the heart of Canada’s democracy to lift up national leaders of all kinds, our brave men and women in uniform, and our fellow Canadians in need.

Each year, the National Prayer Breakfast is held under the auspices of the Speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons. Guests and participants included Canadian and International Christian faith leaders, Ambassadors, fellow Members of Parliament, Senators, and Canadians from across our nation and abroad.

Canada’s compassion and willingness to share our freedoms with those who desire to make our beautiful country their home has deep roots in our beginnings and growth as a nation built on the foundations of the Christian faith. The National Prayer Breakfast of Canada welcomes this of other faiths, providing an opportunity to observe the traditions and tenets of the Christian faith.


00:00 National Anthem (Le Chemin Music)

1:28 Introductory Remarks by Cathay Wagantall, MP

5:09 Greetings by the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

9:15 Greetings by the Hon. Russell Brown, Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

10:45 Doxology (Le Chemin Music)

13:30 Reading of 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 by Chris d’Entremont, MP, Deputy Speaker of the House

14:19 Prayer for our children and youth by Rosemarie Falk, MP

15:57 Prayer for the marginalized, poor and homeless by the Hon. Yonah Martin, Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate

17:32 Prayer for those governing our nation by the Hon. Filomena Tassi, PC, MP, Minister of Public Services and Procurement

19:57 Prayer for those persecuted for their faith by Garnett Genuis, MP

21:59 Introduction of keynote speaker by Richard Bragdon, MP

25:52 Keynote Speaker – Mr. Bill Adsit Christ’s Compassion, Our Compassion

1:03:45 In Appreciation and closing remarks – Hon. Candice Bergen, PC, MP, Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition

1:06:36 Prayer for our Indigenous Peoples by the Hon. Graydon Nicholas, CM, ONB

1:07:30 Great is Thy Faithfulness (Le Chemin Music)

Bill Adsit

Bill Adsit

Member of the Tahltan Band, Residential School Survivor

Bill was put into the residential school at age 5 and never left until 15. His life has been a challenge.

Bill was completely alone during his stay at the residential school in Whitehorse, Yukon and had lost all contact with family and the Tahltan Nation. At age 15 he was on his own and through circumstances he ended up in a Christian foster home.

Bill Adsit has a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Accounting) from the University of Alberta. In his career with the Federal Government, he worked as a Communications Specialist with the Canadian Military, a Flight Service Specialist with Transport Canada, a Business Tax Auditor with Canada Revenue Agency, with Aboriginal Business Canada (ABC) as a Business Development Officer, and ended his career as Regional Quality Assurance Manager.

After his time with the Federal Government, he was the CEO and President of the Tahltan Nation Development Corporation for ten years, during which time he established strategic business partnerships, helping the company generate annual multi-million dollar revenue, become the largest employer in the region, and expand TNDC’s service capabilities to all aspects of industrial and resource development.

He recently completed his term as a board member for BC Hydro. He currently is employed with Arrow Transport Systems and the Indigenous Advisory Monitoring Committee for the Federal Government on the TMX pipeline.

Bill is extremely thankful for the intervention of God first, wife and family second and friends, who have contributed to his life.