Winnipeg artist Chantel Scott hopes that a beaded medallion belonging to Indigenous War hero Sergeant Tommy Prince, and his art supplies, will be returned to her.
She said several items had been stolen from her home in March while her family was away, and while she was being treated for a bedbug infestation a few days after she moved into the home.
“I could tell they took my bike, my TV, my beads, my work-in-progress beadwork, stuff like that which I haven’t completed because I was in a different area. Also took a big jar of money My power tools that I just bought for my birthday in February.”
Scott didn’t call the police until he found out what March 21 was. She was able to return to the space as recently as April 4 and only then did she find out that her prized medallion had also been taken.
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, I was able to go through my boxes and see exactly what was taken and when I found out my beads were taken, my tommy prints, I had my long beaded earrings, like my personal belongings Which I was not going to sell. ,
Scott started beading a few years ago as a way to connect with her indigenous culture, and she says she wants to do a piece of Prince because it’s related to her family.
“He’s important to me because he was like a personal project. I did it for myself,” she said. “I think all of my family members know who Tommy Prince is and what he’s done.”
Scott said she really wants the piece back because she worked incredibly hard on it and it means a lot to her.
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“It took me a long time to start beading because I had a daughter and am now working full-time,”
She’s really hoping the medallion and the supplies it took her years to collect aren’t lost forever and perhaps the thief might consider returning them.
“I think what they’re doing right now is probably something they wouldn’t do if they weren’t on drugs or that lifestyle. I want my stuff back. I’m not going to ask any questions how you got it Where did you get it, I just want them back.
, With files from Rosanna Hempel of Global
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