Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research

Métis Land: Rights and Scrip Conference

 

After Confederation in 1867, Louis Riel and the Métis Provisional Government negotiated for rights to their homeland. As a result, Canada promised land to the “Half-breeds.” This promise was poorly executed and many Métis families lost their land.

On February 8 & 9, 2019, the Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research in the Faculty of Native Studies, in collaboration with the Métis Nation of Alberta, hosted the Métis Land: Rights and Scrip Conference. This conference explored the sorry legacy of scrip in Alberta, including its social and legal implications. 

The event brought together experts and community members to discuss how Half-breed Scrip impacted Métis in Alberta and what Canada is doing about it now. In addition to panel presentations, we hosted a talking circle with Métis knowledge holders. 

The conference was livestreamed to increase access for those across the province, the country, and the world. The recordings are now available for viewing on this page- just click the green button at the top right of the page.

 

Read more about the conference here! 

An audience member talks with Keynote presenter Frank Tough

Dr. Frank Tough (R) speaks with an audience member

Image of the audience and stage in the Maple Leaf Room

A view of the packed Maple Leaf Room

The talking circle (L-R): Almer Waniandy, Lloyd Cardinal, Doreen Bergum, Elsie Paul, and moderator Marilyn Dumont.