This series contains scrip documents, which are foundational documents of the Métis Nation. In the late 18th century in the northwest, the Métis people coalesced into a distinct nation with their own culture, traditions, and language (Michif). Their homeland extends across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, as well as parts of Ontario, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the Northern United States. Scrip certificates indicated the right of the holder to receive payment later in the form of money or land. Scrip was distributed to the Métis by the federal government of Canada in exchange for their land rights as a method of extinguishing their Aboriginal title to the land.
Source of title:
Title is based on the contents of the sub-series.
No further accruals are expected.
To find the money scrip awarded to a specific claimant when the scrip registration number is unknown, researchers will have to obtain the registration number from the delivery registers (see, Registers and indexes relating to Métis and Original White Settlers land records sub-series within this fonds, RG15-D-II-8-m, specifically volumes 1518, 1519, and 1520). The delivery registers are organized alphabetically, according to the last name of the claimant. Researchers can then use this number to find the appropriate entry in finding aid 15-24 which will then provide the RG 15 volume number where the original scrip note is stored.