North West Métis Scrip
Scrip, either as land or money, was offered
to Métis families to compensate them for loss of their Aboriginal
title and for grievances that led to the 1885 Resistance. To qualify
for scrip that was offered in 1885 the applicants had to prove
they were living in the North-West Territories prior to 15 July
1870. Those who applied for scrip from 1886 - 1902 or 1906 had
to prove they were living in the North-West Territories prior to
31 December 1885. The land scrip entitlement was for 240 acres
that had to be selected from land that had been allocated as homestead
land. Frequently this land was a long distance from where the grantees
were living so they sold their scrip, often for less money than
it was worth to land speculators.
The names of those who sold their land scrip and the names of those
who purchased this scrip are included in the homestead index.