In the spirit of reconciliation, the Royal Alberta Museum is returning seven artifacts to the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (AFCN). This was completed under the terms of the Historical Resources Act.

AFCN Chief Allan Adam acknowledges that the return of these artifacts shows what can be accomplished as people continue to work together.

“There is still much to do to repatriate additional items but we thank Minister Orr for recognizing the importance of returning these pieces of ACFN history. Marsi cho,” Adam said.

Of the seven items to be returned, two of those items were already physically returned, a Treaty 8 medal and its leather strap.  While the other five items are to remain at the museum for preservation under the approval of the First Nation, the AFCN can choose to have these objects moved at any time in the future. 

"Alberta’s government and the Royal Alberta Museum are committed to working with Indigenous communities to honour the significance of Indigenous artifacts and the stories they tell,” said Alberta Culture Minister Ron Orr, noting that repatriating ownership of stolen artifacts is a crucial part of reconciliation.

The Royal Alberta Museum said that to honour the unique relationship between Indigenous Peoples of Alberta and the Crown, the museum offers free admission to Indigenous Peoples.

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is located in Treaty 8, about 300 kilometres north of Fort McMurray.

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