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Bill to help repatriate Indigenous artifacts – The Chronicle Herald

by ahnationtalk on June 8, 2018188 Views

June 8, 2018

What started with a printed image of an article of clothing in a Nova Scotia museum has ended in a federal bill aimed at helping Indigenous communities in Canada repatriate tangible pieces of their heritage.

Cumberland-Colchester Liberal MP Bill Casey was visiting the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre — a museum located at the Millbrook Mi’kmaq First Nation near Truro — last year when he saw what he described as a beautifully embroidered robe in a display case.

Casey told The Chronicle Herald he was shocked to learn the actual robe, a piece of regalia from the 1800s, was being housed in storage at a museum in Melbourne, Australia, and that the display was simply an image.

He spoke to the centre’s operations supervisor, Heather Stevens, who told him the community had been trying to get the original back for some time.

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