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Battle of Batoche- May 9-12, 1885


Francois-Xavier Letendre, 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





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