Indigenous rights advocate appeals for return of drums stolen from van in Calgary

30 hand drums were taken from her van in the Dalhousie area on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (Facebook: Chantal Stormsong Chagnon)

An Indigenous rights advocate is calling on the community to help locate dozens of traditional drums stolen from a van in northwest Calgary this week.

Chantal Chagnon says she uses the drums for marches, rallies, and educational purposes.

A black duffel bag, with 30 hand drums and a ceremonial knife inside, were taken Tuesday morning from outside the Cree8 office in the Dalhousie area.

Chagnon who tours Calgary schools has posted several images on her Facebook page and Cree8’s wesbsite in the hopes that someone will come forward with more information about the missing drums.

Chagnon is a singer, educator and Indigenous-rights advocate with ties to the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan.

She says the drums — which she made herself — hold a cultural and spiritual significance, which help bring together people from all backgrounds.

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