A ceremonial headdress has been apparently recovered by police in the Greater Toronto area.
While in Mississauga to host the Little Native Hockey League (LNHL) tournament, Nipissing First Nation Chief Scott McLeod’s vehicle was stolen from the Sandman Signature Mississauga hotel in the early morning of Saturday, March 11.
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The theft even caught the attention of the national and Toronto area media.
Around 1:30 p.m. on Monday, the Chief sent out a social media post stating the headdress had been found.
"I am extremely happy to report that the Nipissing First Nation Headdress has been located," exclaimed Chief McLeod via social media.
"Today at 1 p.m. I received a call from police to inform me that they have located my vehicle with all the contents still inside.
"On behalf of myself and all of Nipissing Nation we cannot thank you all enough for the outpouring of love and support during this ordeal."
McLeod went on to give special thanks to Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah and all the Peel Region Police officers, Sirus Location Services, along with all the media outlets that covered the theft.
"Miigwech to all who prayed for it’s safe return. Our community and myself are forever grateful. Many many Miigweches," he said.
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McLeod was set to wear the headdress during the opening ceremonies of the Little Native Hockey League Tournament which began on Sunday afternoon.