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Unformatted text preview: ple with mixed First Nations and European ancestry who identify themselves as Métis,
distinct from Indian people, Inuit, or non-Aboriginal people. (Many Canadians have mixed Aboriginal and
non-Aboriginal ancestry, but not all identify themselves as Métis.) Note that Métis organizations in Canada
have differing criteria about who qualifies as a Métis person.
Capitalize. The Department capitalizes "Métis" as it would other designations like "Francophone," "Arabic"
Accent or no accent? Many people and groups, particularly in the West and the North, have dropped the
accent in Métis. Both spellings are acceptable in English, but the Department continues to use the accent.
Regardless of your preference, it is a good idea to always check the names of individual Métis
organizations before you publish them. For example, the Metis Council of Ontario and the Metis
Association of the NWT do not take an accent; the Métis National Council does take an accent.
This Department is not involved with Metis issues. These are dealt with by the federal Interlocator's office
at PCO. Native
"Native" is a word similar in meaning to "Aboriginal." "Native peoples" is a collective term to describe the
descendants of the original peoples of North America. The term is increasingly seen as outdated
(particularly when used as a noun) and is starting to lose currency. Native American
This is another commonly used term in the United States to describe the descendants of the original
peoples of North America. The term has not caught on in Canada because of the apparent reference to
U.S. citizenship. However, some Aboriginal peoples in Canada have argued that because they are
descendants of the original peoples of the Americas, the term Native American should apply to them
regardless of their citizenship. the North vs. the north
Land in Canada located north of the 60th parallel. INAC's responsibilities for land and resources in the
Canadian North relate only to the three territories Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon.
Capitalize: the "N" in North only when used in reference to the three territories (Nunavut, Northwest
Territories and Yukon) as a geographical region. U I look at different circumstances, having been up in the North and looked at the company that is
building diamond mines in the Northwest Territories.
U Inuit reside in the North.
U I travelled to Thunder Bay to see the north. Northerner(s) vs. northerner(s)
Capitalize: the "N" in Northerner(s) is capitalized only when referring to a person or persons living in one
of the three territories (Nunavut, Northwest Territories or Yukon). U There are many Northerners living in Yukon.
U There are many northerners living in Cochrane. Nunavut
The territory created in the Canadian North on April 1, 1999 when the former Northwest Territories was
divided in two. Nunavut means "our land" in Inuktitut. Inuit, whose ancestors inhabi...
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