|Métis Nation History|
Oral Story- Annabella Parenteau- 1875
She was born when Metis history was turbulent
Fighting for furs and pemmican with no relent-
River Lots transforming for new owners- we hate!
Buffalos depleted- Metis looking at a bare plate.
Children could hear the stressful talk everywhere,
We’re scared- there’s trouble; we stand and stare-
A few years later, more violence erupts at Batoche
People are injured and dying- injustice the Metis lot!
Watching the river told Annabella a lot-
The river was the highway everyone sought
Annabella kept a vigil at Grand Rapids in 1885
-Seeing the Army of General Middleton’s arrive.
Numbers of York boats were at their command
Full boat’s reflected few deaths by the Metis hand.
Generous Army numbers; few Metis at Batoche
Afraid so we tried hiding, nothing seemed to wash.
By Cameron Parenteau- 2009