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Researching Your Aboriginal Ancestry at Library and Archives Canada

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Record Groups 10 and 15

Record group (RG) 10 comprises the records of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and includes records relating to status Indians. RG 15 comprises the records of the Department of the Interior and includes the collection of applications for Métis scrip. Researchers exploring in these two record groups must keep in mind that the records were almost all created by non-aboriginal people, primarily federal government clerks and officials, and that the manner of their organization is based on how those people recognized the status of the aboriginal person during his or her lifetime.

The thematic guide on Aboriginal Peoples on the Library and Archives Canada Web site offers some context for the creation of records in RG 10 and RG 15. A print version of this thematic guide, Aboriginal Peoples and Archives, is also available.

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