Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
The Barrie Police Service is proud of our ongoing partnerships and collaboration with the Treaty Three Police Service and will be joining T3PS in placing the MMIWG decals on our police cars, as we support their efforts to encourage dialogue on this important topic for our country.
Please see the additional information and resources below to learn more about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada, and how you can raise awareness of this important topic.
Significance of the Decal Design
In May of 2021, the Treaty Three Police Service (T3PS) near Kenora Ontario unveiled a new decal to honour and raise awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
T3PS Spirit of Hope Coordinator Jody Smith led the project after an idea was brought forward by a T3PS member to place a MMIWG decal on police vehicles to create dialogue in the community and honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
Honouring traditional protocols, the art piece was created in collaboration with the Grand Council Treaty #3 Women’s council, Elder Howard Copenace and MMIWG family member and advocate, Sharon Johnson. The designer for the graphic is a Couchiching band member, Fallon Simard who assisted with bringing together the group’s final ideas.
With the male image as an ally of MMIWG, the LGBTQ2 rainbow colours on the drum, this decal is very inclusive.
The unveiling of this decal T3PS coincided with the National Day of Awareness for MMIWG on May 5th. The new vehicle decals appeared on T3PS vehicles in 2021.
About the BPS & T3PS Partnership
Inspector Cheryl Gervais of Treaty Three Police was partnered with now-retired Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood through the Canadian Association of Chief’s of Police Executive Membership Program in the fall of 2021.
Through this partnership, Inspector Gervais connected with other members of the Leadership Team at the Barrie Police Service.
Since the retirement of Chief Greenwood, the Barrie Police Service and the Treaty Three Police have remained committed to continuing to work forward to learn from eachother and to support eachother in a variety of initiatives, such as the Missing, Murdered and Indigenous Women and Girls Decal.