IP: A document, warrant, or certificate that entitled the holder to a certain allotment of public lands. These certificates allowed the Department of the Interior to grant land without specifying the actual piece of land involved. Because some forms of scrip could be exchanged freely or could be bought and sold, it gave the holder the freedom to select a homestead within the special land grants, such as CPR or school lands. In other words, a holder of scrip was not restricted to selecting a homestead from only the Dominion Lands allotment. The holder of scrip, however, was restricted to selecting a homestead from the inventory of lands that had been properly surveyed and cadastered by a Dominion Lands Surveyor and were subsequently declared open for entry by a Dominion Lands office. At various times, scrip was issued to Métis residents (called Half-Breed Scrip in the records of the Department of the Interior), Original White Settlers, and members of the militia and the North-West Mounted Police.