Definition of First Nation in English:

First Nation

noun

  • (in Canada) an indigenous American Indian community officially recognized as an administrative unit by the federal government or functioning as such without official status:

    ‘the Siksika First Nation in Alberta’
    ‘the First Nations peoples of Canada’
    • ‘She was the first First Nations woman in Canada to obtain a law degree.’
    • ‘Frequently they do it from an office far from the First Nation and rarely visit the community, often only twice-monthly to deliver cheques.’
    • ‘It is time a party began to work towards settlement with the First Nations people of Canada.’
    • ‘Unlike many First Nations people in Canada, the Inuit have always given Canada the benefit of the doubt.’
    • ‘Everyone recognizes that the Assembly of First Nations is an unwieldy organization in dire need of reform.’
    • ‘This action by the minister to silence us is an ominous sign for all First Nations organizations in Canada.’
    • ‘Canada holds in trust a little over a billion dollars that belongs to the First Nations communities.’
    • ‘I spent the first months meeting people and listening to our 11 First Nations communities.’
    • ‘The balance of power between colonial interests was controlled by the First Nations until the American civil war.’
    • ‘It is the largest First Nation community in Manitoba, with an on-reserve population of approximately 3,065 residents.’
    • ‘Specific claims arise when the federal government breaches its agreements with First Nations.’
    • ‘This respect should be expanded to embrace all aspects of First Nations culture within North America.’
    • ‘Talks between the First Nation and the federal and provincial governments broke off in 1995.’
    • ‘The Six Nations councillor representing a B.C. First Nation raised his hands and remained in his chair.’
    • ‘There is disagreement within the First Nations community about that.’
    • ‘One of the problems with our education has been the government's approach to First Nations communities.’
    • ‘He will not quibble about the cost of this process because Canada owes First Nations more than it can ever repay.’
    • ‘Since when were the First Nations of Canada homogenous, or even similar?’
    • ‘I am a final year Australian law student and I've come to Canada for my final semester to study First Nations law.’
    • ‘The report also stated that Canada has tried to fit all First Nations into the same box.’