Government Recognizes the Aboriginal Rights of Metis Outside Manitoba

After several petitions between 1878 and 1885 the territorial and federal government extended the Aboriginal land rights recognized in the Manitoba Act to Metis living outside of Manitoba. The government passed an order-in-council which authorized three commissioners to issue scrip to Metis heads of family and their children outside Manitoba.


Canada, Parliament Consolidated Statues of Canada 1879, Victoria, ch. 31 sec 125; sub sec e.

This recognition required the government to extinguish the Aboriginal land rights of the Metis. The Conservative government's National Policy of Western settlement and the desire to isolate the Aboriginal peoples of the West was the impetus for the North West Scrip Commissions.
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