Chronology (the ordering of events in time) is fundamental to understanding history. This module explores historical influences that led to the formation of the Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia.

The point in paying attention to chronology is to recognize that the events of 1869–1870 did not ‘come out of nowhere’ — there was a history behind the Red River settlers’ refusal to be treated as anything but equally British in terms of their history as subjects of a political realm and colonial power, and therefore having equal rights to consideration as citizens when it came to confederating with Canada.

The goal of studying historical influences is to gain insight into how the qualities of ‘Identity, Diversity and Citizenship’ were understood in the Red River Settlement by 1869–1870.