Section 31 of the Manitoba Act 1870 provided for a land settlement scheme for the benefit of the families of the Métis residents, towards the extinguishment of the Indian title. There are now no Métis reserves in Manitoba; section 31 was implemented in a way which permitted the quick dispossession of the Métis in the nineteenth century. The writer argues that the mode of implementing section 31 was a breach of constitutional obligation. Reference is made to the subsequent history of the western Métis and comments are offered regarding the current significance of the Métis dispossession.
Chartrand, L. A. H..
"Aboriginal Rights: The Dispossession of the Métis."
Osgoode Hall Law Journal