Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation listens as Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks during a press conference in Fort McMurray, Alta. on Friday May 30, 2014. Adam says ongoing concerns about coerced sterilization of Indigenous women is nothing short of a "crisis" and he wants to see a public inquiry into the allegations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Museum returns artifacts to First Nation in northern Alberta

The Royal Alberta Museum has returned seven artifacts from its collection to the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.

Chief Allan Adam says in a statement that returning the artifacts is a great example of what can be achieved if people work together.

A Treaty 8 medal and its leather strap were physically returned, while the other five objects remain at the museum for preservation under the approval of the First Nation.

Alberta Culture Minister Ron Orr says repatriating ownership of stolen artifacts is a crucial part of reconciliation.

The Royal Alberta Museum says it consults with Indigenous communities on a regular basis to ensure objects and stories at the museum are shared, cared for and returned to their rightful owners.

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