Unformatted text preview: ion Act, 1982) recognizes three groups of Aboriginal peoples
—— Indians, Méétis and Inuit. These are three separate peoples with unique heritages, languages,
cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.
Please note the following uses:
When you are referring to "Aboriginal people," you are referring to all the Aboriginal people in Canada
collectively, without regard to their separate origins and identities. Or, you are simply referring to more
than one Aboriginal person.
By adding the ‘‘s' to people, you are emphasizing that there is a diversity of people within the group known
as Aboriginal people.
more than one
Aboriginal person Aboriginal people
entire body of
Aboriginal persons in Canada Aboriginal peoples
different groups of Aboriginal
people with distinct cultures
(often used when referring to
different groups among different
communities) Because the term "Aboriginal people" generally applies to First Nations, Inuit and Metis, writers should
take care in using this term. If they are describing a particular departmental program that is only for First
Nations, like band funding, you should avoid using "Aboriginal people" which could cause
non-Aboriginal people (not peoples)
Refers to anyone who is not an Aboriginal person. Note that the ‘‘non' stays lowercase.
This term was used by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) in its final report. RCAP
defines Aboriginal nations as "a sizeable body of Aboriginal people with a shared sense of national identity
that constitutes the predominant population in a certain territory or collection of territories." The term has
gained currency among some Aboriginal groups, but it has not been used at INAC.
Capitalize. The Department capitalizes "Aboriginal" as it would other designations like "Francophone,"
"Arabic" or "Nordic."
Use as an adjective. Despite the wide use of "Aboriginal" as a proper noun by many Canadian and
Aboriginal media, the Department uses the term only as a modifier. V The government's new strategy will support increased business with Aboriginals.
U The government's new strategy will support increased business with Aboriginal people. Avoid describing Aboriginal people as "belonging" to Canada. Use neutral terms instead. V Canada's Aboriginal people have traditions and cultures that go back thousands of years.
U Aboriginal people in Canada have traditions and cultures that go back thousands of years.
Rights that some Aboriginal peoples of Canada hold as a result of their ancestors' long-standing use and
occupancy of the land. The rights of certain Aboriginal peoples to hunt, trap and fish on ancestral lands
are examples of Aboriginal rights. Aboriginal rights vary from group to group depending on the customs,
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