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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: Aboriginal people 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. Aboriginal peoples By adding the ‘‘s' to people, you are emphasizing that there is a diversity of people within the group known as Aboriginal people. Aboriginal people; Aboriginal persons | | | 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 misunderstanding. non-Aboriginal people (not peoples) Refers to anyone who is not an Aboriginal person. Note that the ‘‘non' stays lowercase. Aboriginal nations 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. Suggested usage: 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. Aboriginal rights 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, practices, tradi...
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