He served in the Alberta Field Force during the Riel Rebellion
and in Lord Strathcona's Horse during the Second Boer War.
One of those measures was to withhold Treaty annuities from every man, woman and child in the band from 1885 to 1889 even though, in some cases, only a few, or perhaps none, of those band members may have actually participated in Riel Rebellion
He investigated land claims of settlers and Metis in 1883 and later made an enquiry into the causes of the Riel Rebellion
He was also present at the Riel Rebellion
, and devotes several pages to the Fenian Raids.
The events taking place are in the immediate aftermath of the failed Riel Rebellion
and the harsh repression that ensued.
While he has not focused on the state-to-state relations, Rees has provided a very insightful background to the forces and decisions that brought about the survey--the Hudson's Bay Company's disengagement from control of Rupert's Land, the forceful expansion of the Dominion of Canada into the west, the Riel Rebellion
and the Fenian threats, the British and American desire to normalize relations after the crisis of the Civil War and the "Alabama" issue, the building of the Northern Pacific and Canadian Pacific railroads, and the anxiety about Sioux unrest along the undefined border.
Seven years later, Mistawasis--a staunch Presbyterian--and his band would come to the aid of Nisbet's mission to protect them during the second Riel Rebellion
They feared the people would join the Louis Riel rebellion
that was going on nearby at the time.
Murray Nicolson chronicles the rival development of Protestantism and Catholicism in the West, the Riel rebellion
of the 1880s, the struggle of Manitoba Catholic settlers for their own schools, and the arrival of Byzantine Catholics.
Using testimony from eighteen elders, Diane Payment refutes the notion that Metis women of 1870 enjoyed "la vie en rose," promoted by the Church and others of the day, and reveals their substantial roles in the community at Batoche and the Riel Rebellion
Annie Fowler Rothwell's piece, "How It Looked at Home: A Story of '85," (1893) gives us the Riel Rebellion
from the perspective of a fiancee left at home.
Editor's Introduction: In March 1885, at the outbreak of the Riel Rebellion
, there was fear that the Blackfoot tribes of southern Alberta might join the fray.