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Saskatchewan's Metis Await Return of Historic "Bell of Batoche"

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The "Bell of Batoche" was taken from the Métis by Canadian soldiers after the 1885 North-West Rebellion. And now the bell is believed to be in the hands of thieves who broke in and stole it from an Ontario Legion Hall in the 1990s. In July, it is said, the bell will be ceremoniously returned to the Métis people...but the details of the handover remain unclear.

John Lagimodiere, whose ancestry runs back to Louis Riel himself, chairs the Batoche Historic Site. He is also the editor of Eagle Feather News.
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