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Connell Mc Cluskey

The First Nations are the various Aboriginal peoples in Canada who are neither Inuit nor Mtis23 There are currently over 630recognized First Nations governments or bands spread 4across Canada roughly half of which are in the provinces of Ontario andBritish Columbia The total population is nearly 700000 people Under the Employment Equity Act First Nations are a designated group along with women visible minorities and people with physical or mental 5disabilities First Nations are not defined as a visible minority under the Act or by the criteria 6of Statistics CanadaWithin Canada First Nations most often used in the plural has come into general usereplacing citation neededthe deprecatedterm Indiansfor the indigenous peoples of the Americas Individuals using the term outside Canada include supporters of theCascadian independence movement as well as American tribes within the Pacific Northwest The singular commonly used on culturally politicized reserves is the term First Nations person when genderspecific First Nations man or First Nations woman A more recent trend is for members of various nations to refer to themselves by their tribal or national identity only
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