Battle of Batoche- May 9-12, 1885
affectionately known as Monsieur Batoche
Helped build St Antoine de Padoue
Church with his wealth and posh.
“Marie-Antoinette” bell was
named in his honor the history books say
Both were community leaders and
beckoned others “come to pray.”
Francois was a natural leader within
Batoche; He led in a peaceful way-
Sympathy for Metis people losing their
land grew with each passing day.
He petitioned Metis land and political
rights in Ottawa now insensitive.
Prevent injustice and violence,
negotiation planned- “We all need to live.”
Violence was brewing as surveyors
worked at Batoche without heed
The Rebels gathered as violence loomed-
Riel organized with speed.
Previous clashes had depleted supplies,
making it difficult to fight foe.
Monsieur Batoche would not see the
Rebels die with nothing to show.
Troops outnumbered the Metis who were
low in every number it seems
An easy victory as Metis lay bleeding
and battered, slaughter extreme!
Letendre’s mother and daughters
nursed the wounded Metis at home
Francois-Xavier Letendre negotiated
the Metis and Government tome.
Source: Canadian Biography Online
Written By Carol Howard Vulliamy-
Metis Elder- 2010