The History of the Salvation Army - Worldwide, in Canada, and in the Northwest Territories.


The Salvation Army began its work in London, England, in 1865 when William Booth, a minister, abandoned the conventional concept of a church and a pulpit and took his message of hope to the poor, the homeless, the hungry and the destitute.

While ministering among the poor and the needy, it became obvious that more than words were necessary to change people's lives. Beds were needed for those sleeping in the streets. Food was necessary to quiet the growl of hungry stomachs. The physical needs of people would have to be addressed if people were to be truly helped.

By 1867, The Salvation Army had grown into a ministry offering schooling, reading rooms, penny banks, soup kitchens, and relief aid to the poor.

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The Salvation Army began its work in Canada in 1882, just fifteen years after Confederation, and quickly began giving hope to those in need in this country.

The first open-air ‘meetings’, or worship services, were held in Toronto in January 1882, and in London, Ontario, five months later. These were led by British immigrants who had known the Army in their homeland.

Official Salvation Army operations began in July of that year when Major Thomas Moore arrived from the U.S. headquarters to take charge. By then there were 11 ‘corps’ or church congregations in Ontario, and a year later Canada was declared an independent ‘territory’, responsible for its own governance within the worldwide organization.

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Northwest Territories

Since 1981, the Salvation Army "opened fire" in the Northwest Territories under the direction of Captain and Mrs. Lewis Babe. For the first six years, church services were held in the Seventh Day Adventist Church until newer facilities were opened at the corner of 45th and Franklin.

In our current facilities, we are able to house several services to assist in serving the people of Yellowknife and the Northwest Territores. Offering ministerial, mental health, addiction, withdrawal, food bank, and other key services.

On the opening weekend of the current buildings, the hopeful prayer was: Lord, we have heard of your fame: we stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known." Habakkuk 3:2

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Current Opportunities

Volunteer or Employment Opportunities can be found here.

  • 1. Mental Health Support Services Supervisor - Full-Time

    Under the direction of the Programs Manager the MHSS Program Supervisor will provide guidance, support and supervision for the Support System for Persons with Mental Health Needs (SSPMHN) staff team and will be responsible for program development and delivery. Manages the operations of the Mental Health Support System for residential and outreach services. The three areas of responsibility include clinical supervision of frontline staff, staff development and administration.

    Closing date: July 6, 2021

  • 2. Resident Care Support Worker - Part-Time

    Under the direction of the WMS Supervisor the employee provides resident support services, on-site supervision, housekeeping, and security for the NWT Resource Centre - Withdrawal Management Services. This is a unionized part-time, (maximum 8-16 hours/week) position.

    Closing date: July 3, 2021

  • 3. Bailey House Caseworker - Part-Time

    The Caseworker is responsible for providing case management, security, referrals, and to develop and deliver Life Skills Programs as set out by the Bailey House Supervisor.

    Closing date: June 30, 2021

  • 4. Food Services Manager - Full-Time

    The Food Services Manager under the supervision of Executive Director or designate, will be responsible for oversight, supervision, and operation of kitchen, cooks, other kitchen staff and/or volunteers as required. The Food Services Manager is responsible for dietary service inventory, including the needs of the Community Ministries Department food bank.

    Closing date: July 8, 2021

  • 5. Shelter Supervisor - Full-Time

    The Men’s Emergency Shelter Supervisor provides guidance, support, and supervision to the Men’s Emergency Shelter Program. The three key areas of responsibility include supervision of frontline staff, provision of services to shelter guests, and overall administration of the program.

    Closing date: July 14, 2021

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