After the defeat at Duck and Frog Lake, the Canadian government sent thousands of soldiers westward on the newly constructed railroad.
The soldiers advanced on the Metis village of Batoche where the Metis had set up their Provisional Government. A battle was brewing.
The Metis were preparing for battle. The women were helping as much as they could during the battle. They carried food, messages and supplies to the men. They also melted down lead plates to make bullets for the men.