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Details of the Bell of Batoche to be revealed today

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The saga of the Bell of Batoche will continue today.

Union Nationale Métisse Saint-Joseph du Manitoba (UNMSJM) will hold a press conference today at 10:30 a.m. where details are expected to be revealed about the historic bell.

Details of the announcement remain scarce, but it's believed the organization has assumed informal custody of the artifact and it will be a part of a parish mass next month at Saint Antoine-de-Padoue, the Catholic church in Batoche, Sask. from which it was stolen in 1885.

The bell was stolen was from the Métis settlement of Batoche  by Canadian troops following the final battle of the Northwest Rebellion in 1885 and lifted once again from a Royal Canadian Legion hall in Millbrook, Ont., in 1991, only to be out of sight for the next 22 years.

The Free Press will live stream the announcement from Precious Blood Church at 200 Kenny St. in Winnipeg.

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Updated on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:12 AM CDT: Writethru

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