The Barrie Police Service is honoured to be joining the Thunder Bay Police Service, and other police services across Canada in hosting a Tree of Hope to bring awareness to missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIWG2S+) in our country. 

Members of the Barrie Police Service will join representatives from Barrie’s Indigenous community to light a Tree of Hope. The tree, which was donated by the City of Barrie will be lit with over a thousand lights, representing the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women in our country. 

The Tree of Hope began in 2019 with the Thunder Bay Police Service and Constable Sharlene Bourdeau. Since 2019, the initiative has spread to other police services, and has raised tens of thousands of dollars towards rewarding individuals who come forward with information leading to arrests of those responsible for the disappearance of these women. 

To learn more about the Tree of Hope project, please visit the Thunder Bay Police Service website: 



The Barrie Police Service will be participating in the Tree of Hope initiative started by Thunder Bay Police Service, to bring awareness to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIWG2S+) in our country. 

Join us for a smudging ceremony with guest speakers, the tree lighting and a special tobacco ceremony.


Sunday, November 13, 2022  |  4:00 p.m. 


Barrie Police Headquarters 

Barrie Simcoe Emergency Services Campus 

110 Fairview Road, Barrie 


  • Elder Ernestine Baldwin 
  • Deputy Chief Wyllie Allan, Barrie Police Service 
  • Chief Designate Rich Johnston, Barrie Police Service 
  • Samantha Kinoshameg, Executive Director, Barrie Native Friendship Centre.  
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