Over the summer, autumn and winter of 1869, fears grew within Red River Settlement that lives might be disrupted by the transfer of the territory to Canada. There was fear that a foreign government might not give the inhabitants consideration as to how their settlement would be administered. At this time a governance vacuum is seriously threatening the peace and security of the settlement.

What is the best course of action to follow for the people of the country and the settlement, their future and well-being?