Sam Steele met Robert Baden-Powell when both were fighting the Boer War in South Africa. In the aftermath of the war, Baden-Powell was involved in organizing the South African Constabulary (S.A.C.) to help return and retain order to the country, and he asked Sam Steele if he would command the S.A.C. in the northern Transvaal. Steele, after securing a secondment from the North-West Mounted Police, agreed to the assignment and served with S.A.C. for over five years.
From Inspector Charles Constantine’s first voyage to Canada’s North in 1894 with the North West Mounted Police, the guidance given by the Aboriginal people in the North were paramount to his policing efforts.