A wide variety of languages are spoken within Canada, apart from English, and since 2003 a number of Christian groups have been partnering together to broadcast Christian radio programmes in two of these languages - Urdu and Low German. As a result of the Urdu broadcasts, an annual conference will be taking place this month in Toronto for believers among this ethnic group. A group of local pastors in the city are also submitting an application for a Christian radio station in the French speaking province of Quebec. Pray for fruit from these radio initiatives.
In the sub-arctic regions of Canada, reserves have been set aside for the exclusive use of First Nations people, the indigenous peoples of Canada. The situation for many of Canada's indigenous people is a difficult one. Abuse of children by close family members is common and according to a government website, suicide rates are five to seven times higher for First Nations youth than for non-Aboriginal youth. Suicide rates among Inuit (indigenous arctic peoples) youth are among the highest in the world, at 11 times the national average. Pray for wisdom for those attempting to deal with these deep-rooted problems, and for God to raise up Christians who would speak words of hope and change into this situation.
Population: 35,151,728 (2016)
Official languages: English, French
GDP (PPP) per capita: $46,199 (2016)
Life expectancy: 81 years
Religions: 44% Catholic, 33% Protestant, 16% Agnostic or Atheist, 2% Muslim, 1% Jewish, 1% Buddhist 1% Hindi, 1% Sikh, 1% other religions