A legal battle is brewing over part of a University of Ottawa museum exhibit that has been left to an American white supremacist organization.

Some of collector Robert McCorkell's precious artifacts, which may be valued as much as $1 million, are on loan to the University of Ottawa's Museum of Classical Antiquities.

The former resident of Ottawa died about nine years ago but his estate is only being settled now.

Anti-racism groups are now preparing lawsuits to stop the group, called the National Alliance, from receiving the artifacts.

The groups claim the items would help spark a "rebirth" for the white supremacist group if they were to acquire the antiques, then sell them.

The CBC's Simon Gardner shares more details in the above video.