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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



Métis Nation History

Commemorating 2010 Year of the Métis Nation Anniversary

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