A confusing term and increasingly politically
correct term that is legally
undefined, but generally refers to the indigenous peoples (the "first peoples") of Canada. The use of the term Native American
is uncommon in Canada; though technically correct (as Canada is part
of the North American continent), Native American generally
refers more specifically
to indigenous peoples
of the United States. Native Canadian is not commonly used, but terms such as natives
(Canadian French) are.
Technically, First Nation discludes those of Inuit
or Metis descent, though all these groups constitute "Aboriginal peoples" in Canada.
The term is rarely used in the United States in reference to the native peoples inhabiting its borders.