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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 feeling disgraced!


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



Métis Nation History

Commemorating 2010 Year of the Métis Nation Anniversary

Related 1885 Métis Nation Newspaper links

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