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M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario citizen Maia Caron is the author of Song of Batoche, a historical novel that will be published by Ronsdale Press on September 30, 2017. Song of Batoche is an epic retelling of the North-West Resistance of 1885, where the women are key players in Louis Riel¡¯s prophetic mission.
The story is told in the perspectives of Louis Riel, Gabriel Dumont, Madeleine Dumont, Marguerite Riel; Father Moulin, Batoche Catholic priest; and Lawrence Clarke, Chief Factor for the Hudson¡¯s Bay Company. At the heart of the novel is Josette Lavoie, a M¨¦tis woman whose kinship with Chief Big Bear inspires Riel to make her his confidante. The part played by the M¨¦tis women, the subversive role of the church, Riel¡¯s growing religious fervour and Dumont¡¯s guerrilla tactics are explored in vivid detail until the final moment when Middleton¡¯s troops overrun the M¨¦tis rifle pits.?
Caron¡¯s book launch will be held on September 30 at her great, great- grandfather, Jean Caron Senior¡¯s house, which is now a museum at the Batoche National Historic site in Saskatchewan. At the launch, Caron will read a scene from her book that recounts the Dominion army¡¯s opening salvo on Batoche from the perspective of Gabriel Dumont in a rifle pit behind the church and rectory.
Caron¡¯s ancestors were Red River M¨¦tis who moved to Batoche in the 1870¡¯s. Caron¡¯s great, great, great-grandfather, Pierre Parenteau was Chairman of Riel¡¯s provisional government in 1885. Her great, great- grandmother Marguerite Caron (Dumas) confronted Riel while he was praying, to demand that he send ammunition and reinforcements to the M¨¦tis fighting at Tourond¡¯s Coulee.
Song of Batoche is Caron¡¯s first novel.
Posted: September 6, 2017See ALL news articles