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Bell of Batoche a big deal

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St. Boniface Museum executive director Philippe Mailhot stands with the Bell of Batoche.

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In the article Famous bell gets Riel Day showing (Feb. 14) I am quoted as indicating the display of the Bell of Batoche at the St. Boniface Museum is "no big deal."

The context for that reaction was in reference to an earlier online version of the article, which indicated the display of the bell at the museum on Riel Day was a "formal presentation" akin to an unveiling.

The Bell of Batoche has been displayed at the museum since shortly after its ceremonious and highly anticipated return to Batoche and the custody of the Bishop of Prince Albert last July.

The St. Boniface Museum was asked to house and display the bell when it was not fulfilling its new mission as a travelling symbol of unity and reconciliation.

It is in fact an honour and a grave responsibility for the St. Boniface Museum to display and interpret the bell, surrounded by so many other artifacts of significance not only to the Métis and francophones, but to all Canadians.

 

PHILIPPE MAILHOT

Executive director, St. Boniface Museum

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 15, 2014 A16

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