Priceless indigenous headdress stolen from vehicle in Mississauga

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Published March 12, 2023 at 9:55 am

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Peel Regional Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a Nipissing First Nation headdress that was in Chief Scott McLeod’s vehicle which was stolen from the Sandman Signature hotel in Mississauga early Saturday morning.

On Mar. 11 2023, Chief Scott McLeod was hosting the Little Native Hockey League tournament in Mississauga when his vehicle was stolen from the hotel which had a ceremonial headdress inside.

At this time, the greatest concern is having the priceless heirloom returned in a safe manner.

“I ask that the perpetrators of this theft find it upon themselves to kindly return the headdress, this can be done anonymously, to the Sandman Signature Mississauga hotel or to one of the arenas where the event is taking place,” said Chief Scott McLeod.

It took more than two years of research by elders, academics, historians and geographers (who were all familiar with the resources available 100 years ago) to reconstruct the Nipissing First Nation’s headdress.

The beadwork embellishment style represents the women’s roles in supporting the leader wear the ceremonial headdress; the seven white eagle feathers signify the commitment the leader takes on with great responsibility to guide others while following the 7 grandfather and grandmother teachings.

As the investigations continue, police are aware of the impact the loss of the headdress has caused for the Nipissing First Nation community and will pursue all avenues locate the valuable heritage piece.

 

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