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|Creator||Canada. Dept. of the Interior.|
|Title||Dominion Lands Branch : Manitoba Act files|
RG 15 D II 2
|Document source||Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada|
The Minister of the Interior was a cabinet post responsible for federal land management, Indian affairs and natural resources extraction. Created in 1873 to replace the Secretary of State for the Provinces, it was itself replaced by two ministries in 1936: the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and the Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys (now the Minister of Natural Resources).
The term "Original White Settler" applied to residents of the Province of Manitoba who came into the Red River country between the years 1813 and 1835 under the auspices of Lord Selkirk. The term also applied to the children of these settlers.
This collection consists of files created by the Dominion Lands Branch, Ottawa, although some were originally created by the Survey Office of Dominion Lands, Manitoba, and by the Dominion Lands Office, Winnipeg. The files mainly pertain to land settlements awarded to Métis and Original White Settlers under the Manitoba Act. They contain correspondence with the Department of Interior, applications or claims for letters patent under the Manitoba Act and land assignments. Usually the land description (parish and lot) and name of claimants are given.