Jonathan Maracle is the founder and lead singer of Broken Walls, a music group that has travelled around the world, sharing the message of Jesus and building bridges across cultures, for almost 30 years. Last August, he was the musical guest at The Salvation Army’s fifth annual Celebration of Culture, held in partnership with Indigenous Pathways, in Alberta.

Each year, September 30 marks Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day, to raise awareness of the impact of Indian residential schools, remember the children who never returned home and honour survivors, their families and communities. The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda is committed to recognizing this day and taking intentional steps on the journey to reconciliation.

An Enduring Faithfulness

How The Salvation Army shaped my town—and me.

It was the fall of 1899 in my hometown of Monkstown—then known as Paradise Sound—a tiny, isolated community accessible only by boat in Newfoundland and Labrador. The town had no church building and no regular full-time minister. In faith, the men of the town built a church. They called it the “Whosoever House,” and they