Francois-Xavier Letendre dit Batoche-
History says “he was a genial,
good-humored, handsome man.”
Promotion brought more than eight
hundred people as planned.
“Batoche is active and has good
land, hay, water and wood.”
He took river lots to coax his
relatives to move here for good.
Francois was a rich man with
freighters, a store and fine home
Loving debate made him a natural leader
for a Metis tome.
Violence he took exception to, always
true to a pragmatic view.
To Metis demise he felt concern; he
quietly helped them in situ.
The Rebellion arrived with devastation
and Metis in demise
They were few in numbers, ammunition,
horses and supplies.
“My dear mother and daughters
nursed the dying at home
Everything left in tatters, no food
left, Metis left to moan.
Francois repaired the damage and
thought of new directions
He negotiated with Sir John A McDonald
for Metis sections.
Metis Life moved on and Francois
started a new life it’s said
Identity issues and sickness became
the Letendre dread.
Written by Carol Howard Vulliamy- Metis
Source: Dictionary of Canadian