So that good things will happen’: Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus cleansed through Indigenous smudging ceremony –

December 1, 2022

Sacred fan presented in honour of supportive officer

The Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus has been cleansed, in a ceremony more than two years in the making.

A smudging ceremony was held at the facility that serves as the headquarters for the Barrie Police Service, as well as a hub for County of Simcoe Paramedic Services. Both were in attendance at the Nov. 24 event, as were members of the Rama Police Service and representatives of the provincial and federal governments.

Many Indigenous cultures in Canada traditionally perform smudging ceremonies, using the smoke from the burning of an assortment of sacred plants to purify or cleanse the soul of negative thoughts about a person or a place. Knowledge keeper and elder Jeff Monague, the former Beausoleil First Nation chief who performed the ceremony at the campus, said it is an everyday ceremony for many.

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