Frenchman Butte is one of several locations making up the armed conflict of 1885. Violence erupted as First Nations bands and the Canadian Government became frustrated over treaty obligations. A group of First Nations under the leadership of Big Bear’s War Chief, Kah-Paypamhchukwao (known as Wandering Spirit), encountered the Canadian Militia under General Strange at Frenchman Butte. Shots were fired and both sides retreated. It illustrates a period of transition from a traditional way of life to a new life within the Dominion of Canada.