L to R: James K. Bird, Jamie Laidlaw, Chief Stacey LaForme

Jamie Laidlaw is a collector of Indigenous Art and a friend to Indigenous people and causes.  About 30 years ago, he purchased a magnificent drum while visiting Sante Fe, New Mexico.  At the time, he did not know why he had this impulse purchase or nor what he would eventually do with it, but it all came very clear to him after the Laidlaw Foundation agreed to his proposal of developing a scholarship for Massey College, Indigenous Junior Fellows.

He knew then that the drum he had purchased 30 years ago should be gifted to Chief Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation:  “Chief Laforme was elected as an honorary Senior Fellow in the fall of 2017, and given that Massey College is situated on the treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, we think of this as a small, respectful act of recognition.”

On Nov. 7, 2019, Jamie Laidlaw along with his close Indigenous friends carried the Drum and gifted it to Chief Stacey Laforme at Massey College in Toronto.  The drum had found its final home after 30 years.

“We are honoured to be gifted this big drum and look forward to hearing the heart beat of Mother Earth at Massey College” Chief Stacey Laforme.  Miigwech to Jamie Laidlaw on behalf of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.