The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is reporting that a piece of the totem pole that sits outside the museum has been stolen.\nPhotos below show the totem pole with the missing piece.\nThe museum is asking for any and all help in locating and returning the hand to its rightful place.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nThe Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts) is reporting that the left hand of the totem pole that sits outside the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavillion, on the north side of rue Sherbrooke, has been stolen.\nThey shared the news to their Instagram page, you can see the post embedded below, where they note that the hand was stolen between the evening of September 19th and the morning of the 20th.\nThis would mark the third theft to occur at the museum in September, after the infamous 1972 robbery (still considered the largest art theft in Canada to date) which occurred on September 4th, and the 2011 theft of a Roman marble head on September 5th.\nPerhaps there is something about the fall air that makes art thieves develop particularly sticky fingers?\nLikely a complete coincidence, it is interesting to see that all of the robberies that have happened at the MBAM have occurred around this time of year.\nThe hand that is currently missing is particularly troublesome as the totem pole it belongs to was given to the museum as part of Montreal's 375th celebration and is an expression of the artist's experience living through residential schooling in Canada.\nBelow is the post that was shared by the Museum that shows the missing left hand of the totem pole and requests that any information about the missing piece be shared with the museum.\nView this post on Instagram ⚠️ 𝗔𝗣𝗣𝗘𝗟 𝗔 𝗧𝗢𝗨𝗦 ⚠️ Œuvre d’art public en prêt au Musée, le «Mât totémique des pensionnats» de l’artiste Charles Joseph trône devant le pavillon Michal et Renata Hornstein depuis 2017. Au cours de la nuit du 19 au 20 septembre, la main gauche du totem a été dérobée. Nous faisons appel à vous pour nous aider à la retrouver. Merci de votre soutien! Vous pouvez nous contacter par message privé. . The public artwork on loan to the Museum titled “Residential School Totem Pole,” by artist Charles Joseph has proudly in front adorned the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion since 2017. On the evening between September 19 and 20, the left hand of the totem pole was stolen We are appealing to the public to help us retrieve it. You can contact us via private message. Thank you for your support! . . . Charles Joseph, Mât totémique des pensionnats,, 2014-2016. Collection particulière. . #MBAM #CharlesJoseph #totem A post shared by Musée des beaux-arts (@mbamtl) on Sep 28, 2019 at 9:16am PDT\nView this post on Instagram Le "Mât totémique des pensionnats" devant le Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal est une oeuvre de Charles Joseph de la Colombie-Britannique. Il rapelle l'histoire des jeunes autochtones envoyés dans les pensionnats de 1820 à 1996. Il raconte sa propre histoire... et se veut une oeuvre de réconciliation. #totem #charlesjoseph #museedesbeauxartsdemontreal #mbam #montrealmuseumoffinearts #mtl #streetsof514 #montrealjetaime #375mtl A post shared by Monique Chartrand (@chartrand_monique) on Jun 2, 2017 at 4:40am PDT\nAccording to the CBC, if the hand is not returned the museum will ask the artist to re-carve a new hand.\nREAD ALSO: Members Of Arcade Fire Gave A Performance During The Montreal Climate Strike\nThe totem pole, which has called this space outside the museum home since 2017, was carved by Canadian artist Charles Joseph, pictured on the right, below.\nView this post on Instagram Back in BC! Good to catch up with Charles Joseph, the Kwakwaka'wakw carver featured in our upcoming film. We'll be filming Charles' conversation with @jordan.b.peterson tomorrow about Charles' vivid dreams. #norestfortheweary #CharlesJoseph #JordanPetersonDocumentary #jordanpeterson #docfilm #docfilmmaking #documentaryfilm #HoldingSpaceFilms #patriciamarcoccia #dreaminterpretation #dreams #kwakwakawakw #firstnations #carver #yellowcedar A post shared by Holding Space Films (@holdingspacefilms) on Dec 30, 2018 at 1:29pm PST\nJoseph, himself, has been the topic of discussion in recent years due to his close friendship with the controversial Canadian professor and writer, Jordan Peterson.\nTheir friendship was of some controversy, though Joseph explains Peterson's place in his familial "box," beautifully in this interview done by The Walrus.\nIf you encounter the hand or have some information about where it is, you should contact the Museum immediately via their Instagram page, or directly by phone at (514) 285-2000.