The descendants of original indigenous occupants of a country or territory. Canadian constitution: recognizes indian, metis and inuit people. Inuit: general term for aboriginal people living in arctic. Metis: descendants of marriages between european and cree, inuit, ojibway, Status indians have rights and benefits that are not granted to unregistered. Status could be revoked if marrying a man who was not a status indian. Enfranchisement, having a mother and paternal grandmother who did not have status before marriage, being born out of wedlock of a mother with status and a father without. United nations uses indigenous (capitalized just like the french or the japanese) First nations canadian language with strong political statement (notice framing. Indigenous means inborn (stresses ties to the land) First nations is a canadian term of ancestry which refers to the aboriginal peoples. 3% of the canadian population is fn, inuit or metis. Early encounters between europeans and first nations were trading relationships.