Marie Louise Falcon- 1881
Marie Louise was a small child during the Rebellion of 1885.
Worried looks, hushed conversations, daily plans to contrive.
Uncle Onesime owns a River Lot. He says, Theyll take it away!
I dont understand but I feel scared; we may die
the adults say.
Uncle Athanase joined the Rebellion of 1885, the battle to win.
Metis were scattered and shattered; nothing
where homes had been.
Like many of the Metis people, they moved west and north-
Batoche was no place to stay. Metis were left hiding with no recourse.
Conversations mumbled, the Metis may conceal
French Canadian is safer; their land titles will not erase.
As with all tragedy, the pain fades and life moves forward.
Marie Louise met Joseph Landry; finding love straightforward.
In time they received Scrip and felt they did
We have a new life; our buffalo hunts forever are gone.
We have grandchildren now who brighten our days
Gilbert lovingly recalls doing jobs for granny for pay.
Written By Carol Howard Vulliamy- 2009