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Resource ID: #26355
Subject: Canada
Source: APTN
Date: 2022-07-19



Journalist Todd Lamirande spent years trying to solve one of the enduring mysteries of Canada's Metis* people: What happened to the famed "Bell of Batoche"? The bell originally hung in the cathedral of Batoche, Saskatchewan, the provisional capital of Metis leader Louis Riel during the Riel Rebellion in 1885. The bell had come to symbolize the nationhood of the Metis people and after a final battle which ended in the defeat of Riel's forces and the seizure of Batoche, 2 Canadian soldiers took the bell as a war trophy and returned with it to Ontario. The bell's last known location was a Canadian Legion hall, a gathering place for former soldiers. The bell vanished after a mysterious break-in at the Legion in 1991. It remained hidden for over 20 years.

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