Prominent Cree chiefs—led by Chief Sweetgrass—visited W.J. Christie at Fort Edmonton and had him write a letter on their behalf, hoping to enter into an agreement with the government that could provide them with provisions and help their transition to agriculture. They referred to their hardships including: epidemic disease, the bison disappearance and starvation.
Morris, Alexander. The Treaties of Canada with the Indians of Manitoba and the North- West Territories Including the Negotiations on which they were based, and other Information relating thereto. Saskatoon: Fifth House, 1991.
Various other Cree communities involved in drafting this letter, but Sweetgrass was the paramount leader.