CounIn early 2020 The Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus became the new headquarters for the Barrie Police and Simcoe County Paramedic Services. Built on the ancestral lands of the Huron-Wendat and the Anishinaabe Nation, a Smudging Ceremony was planned but unfortunately postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Smudging Ceremonies are traditionally done to cleanse negative energy and provide healing and purifying to a space or individual. The Barrie Police Service is excited to announce that this important ceremony has been rescheduled for Thursday November 24, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. in the Campus’ Community Room.

This smudging ceremony will be performed by Elder Jeff Monague, former Chief of the Beausoleil First Nation, who will perform the smudging with a bald eagle fan with feathers gifted to the Barrie Police Service by Freedom Falconry.

 

What

The Barrie Police Service is honoured to host a traditional Smudging Ceremony to bless the new Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus. The ceremony will include an opening prayer, a smudge ceremony, traditional indigenous drumming performances, along with guest speakers and the gifting of the eagle smudge fan.

 

When

Thursday November 24, 2022, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Where

Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus

Community Room

110 Fairview Road, Barrie

 

Who

·         Knowledge Keeper and Elder Jeff Monague

·         Chief Kimberley Greenwood, Barrie Police Service

·         Chief Sarah Mills,  County of Simcoe Paramedic Services

·         Chief Designate Richard Johnston, Barrie Police Service

·         Deputy Chief Wyllie Allan, Barrie Police Service

·         Deputy Chief Shane Smith, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services

·         Barrie Native Friendship Centre Representatives

 

 

Local media are encouraged to attend this event and if planning to do so, you are encouraged to confirm your attendance by notifying Barrie Police Corporate Communications by email at [email protected].

 

Prepared by: Corporate Communications 

 

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