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This database is for land settlements awarded by the Canadian Government to the Metis inhabitants of Manitoba, Canada and the former Northwest Territories and it is provided by Library and Archives Canada. “In recent years there has been a renewed interest in the settlements awarded by the federal government to the Metis inhabitants of Manitoba and the former North-West Territories. The records created by the scrip commissions, and the Department of the Interior in its administration of federal land policies, are now consulted by a wide range of users. The records have become particularly important, however, in two key areas: in the debate surrounding Metis allegations into the mishandling of their rights, as an Aboriginal people, by the federal government; and in family histories, especially with those seeking re-instatement under the Indian Act.” “Since the awarding of scrip was one of the federal government’s chief methods of extinguishing aboriginal title, the question of whether or not an individual or his/her ancestors took scrip could be a critical aspect in determining Indian status. Consequently, the records of the Department of Indian Affairs (RG 10) contain a number of files, primarily in the “Black Series” (RG 10, series B 3b), which relate to individual cases of scrip taking and its impact on their treaty rights; which document the re-entry of individuals into treaty who had previously taken scrip; and which record the general development of federal scrip policy after the demise of the Department of the Interior in 1936. Also, RG 10, series B 8m, contains some nominal indexes of applications to leave treaty and take scrip (1870-1920); lists of Metis who withdrew from treaty (1885-1926); lists of Metis who received scrip and later re-entered treaty (1885-1910); and records relating to scrip payments and other accounts (1884-1903). Researchers interested in studying government policy on Metis scrip should obviously consult the inventories and finding aids to this source as well.” Some of these records are digitized and you need to perform an Archives Search to view these land records. This site links to the webpage where you’ll find directions for Scrip searches.
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