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General administrative records relating to Métis scrip compiled by N.O. Coté [textual record]. 



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

0.3 m of textual records

Scope and content

Sub-series consists of various un-numbered files which are believed to have been created and/or used by Narcisse O. Coté in his capacity as a senior administrator in the Department of the Interior. The records included in this series were probably used by Coté in his day-to-day administrative duties. They summarize departmental procedures, policies, and authorities as they relate to the issuing of scrip to Métis residents of the North-West Territories. Some of the records also contain information relating to the grants awarded to specific families, in particular those which were awarded by R.C. Macdonald under the Manitoba and North-West Territories Commission, authorized by Order-in-Council, P.C. 1613, 13 August, 1904.

Textual records
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Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Copyright belongs to the Crown.

Finding aid 15-59 is a file list referring to volume 3171. 15-59 (Paper)

Biography / Administrative history

N. O. Côté entered the Department of the Interior in 1879. Throughout his lengthly career as a civil servant, Narcisse O. Coté served on three separate Métis scrip commissions, and later, as the senior manager of the Land Patents Branch. He was appointed Secretary to the Royal Commission investigating and adjudicating upon half-breed claims in 1885, and became a member of the Commission in 1887. In 1900 he was named Chairman of the Royal Commission appointed to deal with half-breed claims in the district of Saskatchewan and to enquire into a report upon claims of scouts and others for their service during the North-West Rebellion of 1885. He was the author of Political Appointments and selections in the Province of Canada, 1841 to 1856 and Political Appointments, Parliaments and the Judicial Bench in the Dominion of Canada, 1867-1917. RG15 General Inventory and the Narcisse-Omer Côte fonds in Manuscript Division (MIKAN 106542, MG55/29-No.1).

Additional information

Source of title
Title is based on the contents of the sub-series.

No further accruals are expected.

Related materials
Some of these records are copies of records found elsewhere in the Department of the Interior fonds. For example, other compilations by Coté can also be found in the records of the Dominion Lands Branch registry series (R190-36-2-E, RG15-D-II-1, volume 227), and the Lands Patent Branch series (R190-48-9-E, RG15-D-III-8, volumes 2114 and 2115). The compilations retained in these last three volumes were put together just before the closing of the Department of the Interior (i.e., in the late 1920s and early 1930s). They were generally assembled in response to the information requirements of the three royal commissions which were established to oversee the transfer of natural resources administration to the western provinces. It is possible, therefore, that some of the Coté material held in this sub-series were compiled for a similar reason.

Researchers should also consult the Narcisse-Omer Côte fonds in Manuscript Division (MIKAN 106542, MG55/29-No.1).