Background: federal policy for the northwest (focusing on settlement and agriculture) The federal government wanted to control the land and its resources. Wanted to send anglo-canadians as opposed to french, because then it would create less diversity, and would make it easy to administrate and make policies. However, the metis, and the french already in the west make this hard: constraints on federal ambitions for the region. Financial pressures; treaty obligations; growing french-canadian nationalism (quebec supported the northwest) Rcmp was formerly known as the northwest mounted police, founded in 1874. The federal government wanted to avoid the struggle that the us had: unrealistic government expectations for first nations faced in settling the wild west . Indian act expects them to adjust to a farming industry overnight (settled. Federal government was impatient and couldn"t figure out why they weren"t just feeding themselves. As the government sent out farming implements, they expected even more farming production.