Are you Métis, or do you think that your ancestors were Métis? Proving this is often more complicated than simply finding a long lost "Indian ancestor" and making the claim to being Métis based on having a drop of Indian blood.
In recent years there has been a renewed interest in the settlements awarded by the federal government to the Métis inhabitants of Manitoba and the former North-West Territories. The records created by the scrip commissions, and the Department of the Interior in its administration of federal land policies, are now consulted by a wide range of users. The records have become particularly important, however, in two key areas: in the debate surrounding Métis allegations into the mishandling of their rights, as an Aboriginal people, by the federal government; and in family histories, especially with those seeking re-instatement under the Indian Act.
The Library and Archives of Canada have a search engine that can direct a researcher to a photocopy of the original scrip document, or at least give a reference number to the library collection.
The link to do the search is accessible through the link below:
A collaborative effort of members of the Ojibwe and Metis communities