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Batoche-LaColonieDeSt-Laurent



Henriette Landry- 1822-1909 and the Battle of Batoche- 1885



Henriette was born into a family related to both Gabriel and Louis

Batoche felt like the “homeland” for her Metis family- never ennui

Land titles and food continued to challenge each family’s reserve

As 1885 approached there was tension and much to observe…



The Battle began- the women and children ran for dugouts and tents

The men were left fighting in the trenches- Metis killed without relent.

Everything was plundered with blood soaked corpses lying everywhere.

We women ran into the woods to hide for days, our hope was prayer.



A young calf came along, we butchered and ate, avoiding starvation.

Daughter Christine supported Riel even now with a broken Nation.

Louis has done no wrong- why must the Government cause such pain?

No hope for a Metis Nation but the Metis spirit will live on again…



Riel returned several times to visit his family before turning himself in.

It was so sad; there was no justice to be had. We all need a home to live in.

Tears and sorrow for lost lives; fathers gone along with some mothers-

Orphans needing care- unable to understand the destruction of another…



Written By Carol Howard Vulliamy- Metis Elder- 2010















Métis Nation History

Commemorating 2010 Year of the Métis Nation Anniversary

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