Skip to main content

La Légende de la cloche

Project Overview

Radio-Canada - 30 minutes - 2014
Executive Producer: Janelle Wookey
Producers: Jérémie Wookey, Colleen Alksnis & Claude Saindon
Director of Photography: Jérémie Wookey
Editing: Janelle & Jérémie Wookey
Research & Production Co-ordinator: Annick Marion
-
A century of shame. Twenty-two years of mystery and the beginning of a new era. The better-than-fiction tale of the bell of Batoche.
-
In May of 1885, the Northwest Rebellion, led by Louis Riel and the Métis, was defeated in the famed Battle of Batoche. At the end of the bloody three-day showdown, their wounds were deepened when Ontario soldiers made off with the town’s prized church bell, “Marie-Antoinette” as a spoil of war.

For the next 106 years, Marie-Antoinette was kept and displayed in Millbrook, Ontario as the town’s war trophy. In October of 1991, a group of gregarious Manitoba Métis paid a visit to the Legion where the bell was being held. The men, posing as tourists, asked to have photos taken with Marie-Antoinette. One month later she disappeared. Marie-Antoinette’s keeper and whereabouts have remained a mystery for 22 years...until now. “La Légende de la cloche” is the real, better-than-fiction story of the Bell of Batoche.