Métis Scrip

We are pleased to inform you that more than 24,000 references about money scrip (certificates) given to Métis family members were recently added online. These cancelled land scrip certificates were once issued to the Métis by the Department of the Interior in exchange for the relinquishment of certain land claims. A scrip would be issued “to the bearer” and could be applied to the purchase of, or as a down payment on, any Dominion lands open for entry in Manitoba and the Northwest Territories. These scrip were awarded to Métis heads of families and their children in the amounts of $240, $160 and $80.

How to find references

    1. Go to the search screen for Archives Search—Advanced.
    2. In the drop-down menu, select “Finding aid number” and then in the box, enter 15-24.

Screen capture of an advanced Archives Search with the first drop-down menu showing "Finding aid number" and the value of "15-24" and the second drop-down menu showing "Any Keyword and the value "Riel."

    1. In the next line, select “Any Keyword” and enter a family name, in this case “Riel.”
    2. Click on the “Submit” button.

Screen capture of an Archives Search result screen of the previous search.

You can find more in-depth information about the Métis and the Métis Scrip records on the Library and Archives Canada website.

5 thoughts on “Métis Scrip

  1. unable to access the advanced search drop down menu. Unable to clear the online search page from the name reil and insert or clean page to begin a new search.

  2. Thank you so much! This is why we need Library and Archives Canada to continue and to be fully staffed. Projects like this are core to our country’s heritage.

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