Despite his original instructions to wait for official authorization from Canada, William McDougall — waiting at Pembina — sends a proclamation to explain Canada’s intentions and announce his appointment as Lieutenant-Governor over the Northwest Territories.

In a separate document, he urges his supporters to raise an armed force and stop any resistance to his rule. He is also rumoured to have enlisted an armed force of the Sioux (Dakota) tribe to end any resistance. Fear and uncertainty is growing in the settlement.

Should you restore order?