The Manitoba Act

May 12, 1870
Councillors of the 1869 Provisional Government of the Métis Nation. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Councillors of the 1869 Provisional Government of the Métis Nation. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

With consideration of the Métis' list of conditions, in 1870 Sir John A. and the Canadian government drafted the Manitoba Act, which created the small province of Manitoba. At its inception, Manitoba was about one-quarter the size of its modern boundaries. The act affirmed the rights of the Métis and their children and, along with other assurances, allotted 1.4 million acres of land.