Nations is a term of ethnicity used
in Canada. It refers to indigenous
peoples of North America located in
what is now Canada, and their descendants,
who are not Inuit or Métis.
Collectively, First Nations, Inuit,
and Métis peoples are known
as Aboriginal peoples, First peoples,
or Indigenous peoples, bands, or nations.
A national representative body of
the First Nations in Canada is the
Assembly of First Nations. First Nations
people have been referred to as Indians,
Native Americans, Native Canadians,
Aboriginal Americans, Amerindians,
Autochtones (a term used by French
Canadians), and Aboriginal peoples.
They are known officially by the Government
of Canada as registered Indians if
they are entitled to benefits under
the Indian Act.