Drums stolen from van in Calgary returned to Indigenous rights advocate

30 hand drums were taken from a van in the Dalhousie area on Tuesday. (Photo: Chantal Stormsong Chagnon)

After a plea for help and days of searching, drums stolen from a van in Calgary have been returned.

Chantal Chagnon had a black duffel bag with 30 hand drums and a ceremonial knife  taken from her vehicle on Tuesday morning, outside the Cree8 office in the Dalhousie area.

She is a singer, educator and Indigenous-rights advocate who tours Calgary schools.


Chagnon got a call from police Saturday afternoon saying her drums had been recovered.

“They said hey we found a bag in one of your neighbour’s yards, and I was like really? So I went and I met them and confirmed, and yep they were my drums, not all of them but most of them are there. So I can continue to work schools and continue sharing music,” said Chagnon.

There are still six drums and a ceremonial knife missing.

Chagnon believes, had it not been for the wide coverage her story received in the media and online, her drums would not have been returned.

As for the thief, she thanks them for eventually giving the drums back.