Batoche National Historic Site- 2010
Years ago the Church of St Antoine de
Padoue stood proud
Her “Marie Antoinette” bell
beckoned so beautiful and loud
God lived within; Peace, harmony and
love- her daily norm
Mission accomplished as parishioners
always left informed.
Dark clouds gathered over time; love
and peace left behind
The Metis were threatened by the
Government so blind…
Lives lost as battles raged; Metis few,
Military troops many-
Metis courage and tactical skills
remain etched inside many!
Our dear Church watched in dismay-
Godly ways in decay
The “Marie-Antoinette” bell
disappeared- what can we say?
Insult to injury, the war memorabilia
took over God’s place!
Our Church wanted to fall over now
The countryside could sense their
Church and its sad state
It was restored and God was allowed
back to the gate
God’s love and peace must
rekindle in the hearts of many
Before the missing “Marie-Antoinette”
bell recalls any.
By Carol Howard Vulliamy- Metis Elder- 2010
Based on a concept by Julia Adamson