Thanks for the additional information. I would appreciate knowing how to access the Metis scrip information. So far I have found a few good samples through searches on the internet, but I hoped there was a more systematic way to do searches.
The Garneau history site (http://www.agt.net/public/dgarneau/direct.htm et.) has lots of wonderful information, but the anti-white tone of much of the site bothers me after a while. There may be justification, but I find it a distraction.
I too had found Augustin living with the Ross family in the 1901 census on http://www.automatedgenealogy.com/andhttp://www.automatedgenealogy.com/and noted that the original page said he was born in "Assa." (Assiniboia).
The old-style "long s" is used in both Assa. and Ross so that they almost look like Afsa. and Rofs. But the "long-s" (used as the first "S" of a "double S" in those days) is smooth, lacking the hook that is present in a handwritten "f" and loops backward rather than forward when it comes down. - So definitely "Ross" and "Assa.".
Here is some more info on this family. Note that it is missing most of the children, but the website is quite well documented. It is well worth checking it out.
"11. PEGGIE3 AUGER (AUGUSTINE2, AUGUSTINE DIT ANTOINE DIT BAPTISTE1) was born 1866 in Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada, and died Unknown. She married URBAIN ROSS February 11, 1890 in Lac La Biche Area, Alberta, Canada. More About PEGGIE AUGER: Fact 2: Scrip Claim 656 - $ 240.00 Residence: Lac La Biche, Alberta Comment 1: September 19, 1998, source: Charles D. Denney Papers - Glenbow Institute Calgary Children of PEGGIE AUGER and URBAIN ROSS are: i.MARIE JULIE4 ROSS, b. January 2, 1891. ii.EMILIA JULIA ROSS, b. November 15, 1901." http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/j/e/n/Denise-R-Jensen/GENE1-0004.htmlhttp://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/j/e/n/Denise-R-Jensen/GENE1-0004.html
I look forward to your information on Metis scrip.