Danielle Duperre

Danielle Duperre says after being sworn at by Manor's fire chief, she wasn't impressed by a letter of apology from the village. (Radio-Canada)

A francophone woman from Manor, Sask., says she was the victim of anti-French verbal abuse from the village's volunteer fire chief.

Danielle Duperre told CBC News she called 911 on Oct. 2 to ask the dispatcher to send police to monitor a bonfire she said was threatening trees on her property. Her neighbour, who is a tenant on the property, started the fire, she said.

The fire was "horrible," "much too big" and was scorching the trees, she said.

When a man who identified himself as the volunteer fire chief showed up at her door, he and Duperre got into an argument. Duperre said she recorded the conversation on her cellphone at 9:48 p.m. CST.

Danielle Duperre

Danielle Duperre called 911 on October 2 to ask the dispatcher to send police to monitor a bonfire she said was threatening her trees. (Josee St-Onge/CBC)

On the recording, when Duperre asked the man who he was, he answered, "I am the fire chief," but he didn't give her his name. The fire chief in Manor is Troy Chapman.

"Are you going to pay for this shit?" the man asked Duperre.

"What do you mean?" Duperre replied.

"911 call," he said. "Are you going to pay for this?"

"Why?" Duperre asked.

"Because there's nothing going on over there," he said. "Between your little petty f--king French shit going on, I'm getting f--king tired of this shit."

"My trees are burned," she said.

"You know what you need to do?" the man said. "Go back to f--king Montreal where you belong."

From Montreal to small town Saskatchewan

Duperre said she moved from Montreal after falling in love with a 1905 house in Manor. She's been living there full-time for 1½ years.

She said she has had no previous history with the fire chief or the town. One time she called to complain about a dog that was constantly barking. She's had some concerns about snow clearing and garbage pickup, but that's about it, she said.

While some people in town have been friendly and others have been "mean," this is the first time she has come across anyone so overtly anti-French, she said.

Bonfire in Manor, Sask.

Danielle Duperre says she took this photo of the bonfire that led to her 911 call. (Courtesy Danielle Duperre)

Duperre said she's also disappointed at the response by local RCMP members. One officer who was at the scene of the Oct. 2 incident did not intervene when the fire chief was berating her, she said.

When Duperre told the RCMP she wanted to make a complaint. A local Mountie acknowledged the fire chief was rude, but told Duperre she shouldn't have called 911, she said.

An RCMP member told her it was not a criminal matter and she would have to make a complaint with the village. 

On Tuesday night, the village council presented an apology letter to Duperre. The fire chief was not at the meeting and the letter was not from him. The letter mentions that he will be reprimanded, but offers no other details.

RCMP not helpful, complainant says

Duperre said she is disappointed and feels that the letter is just to save face and that nothing will happen. 

Radio-Canada made several attempts to reach Chapman on Tuesday, but he has not responded.

The mayor of Manor also turned down CBC's interview requests on Tuesday night.

Duperre said the incident has left her with mixed feeling about her adoptive community and province.

Saskatchewan a 'marvellous' province

"Saskatchewan is a marvellous province," she said. "Right now, I don't feel very, very good."

Manor is in the southeast part of the province, about 114 kilometres northeast of Estevan. There were 322 people in the village, according to the 2011 census.

Letter of apology

Manor issues apology