In January 1872 the Metis of the South Branch (area along the South Saskatchewan River roughly between Tourond Coulee and St. Louis) inquired about the securing of land rights in the area. This was particularly important in light of an influx of settlers, and the correspondence noted below from Archibald in "relevant resources" describes the anger of the French Metis within the area. The Metis hoped to reserve a large region of river lots along the South Saskatchewan River. On January 17, Lawrence Clarke wrote a letter to Adams Archibald, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba and the Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Metis.
Glenbow Archives. Hardisty papers, Archibald to Christie, 11 January 1872 and Clarke to Archibald, 17 January 1872.
Archibald’s response to this Metis inquiry represents a slight misunderstanding of their request. The Metis did not claim rights as Aboriginal peoples but as old settlers of the country. However, many Metis in other communities used the Indian treaties as a precedent as a way of entering a quick settlement.