Several DRPS members, including motorcycle officers and one K-9 Team, took part in a smudging ceremony held at the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation Band Office this past weekend.
The Mississaugs of Scugog Island First Nation members have partnered with DRPS to conduct the smudging on our motorcycles for the past three years. It's a way to share traditions and keep our officers safe as we head into the motorcycle season. More than 15 members were in attendance this year and several were blessed including police dog Blitz.
Smudging is the act of cleansing any bad feelings, spirits, negative thoughts and energy from people, places, animals or objects. It calls on the spirits of sacred plants to drive away the negative energy and restore balance and the ceremony must be entered into with a good heart. Sage or Sweetgrass is commonly used for the smudging as it brings in good spirits and positive influences.
Elders were on hand to bless not only the members and motorcycles from DRPS, but also our policing partners from York Region.
The DRP would like to thank the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation Elders for their blessing.
Smudging Ceremony (JPG file, 497.8K bytes)