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’
    • ‘This action by the minister to silence us is an ominous sign for all First Nations organizations in Canada.’
    • ‘It is time a party began to work towards settlement with the First Nations people of Canada.’
    • ‘Frequently they do it from an office far from the First Nation and rarely visit the community, often only twice-monthly to deliver cheques.’
    • ‘Talks between the First Nation and the federal and provincial governments broke off in 1995.’
    • ‘She was the first First Nations woman in Canada to obtain a law degree.’
    • ‘Specific claims arise when the federal government breaches its agreements with First Nations.’
    • ‘The report also stated that Canada has tried to fit all First Nations into the same box.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is disagreement within the First Nations community about that.’
    • ‘Unlike many First Nations people in Canada, the Inuit have always given Canada the benefit of the doubt.’
    • ‘Canada holds in trust a little over a billion dollars that belongs to the First Nations communities.’
    • ‘One of the problems with our education has been the government's approach to First Nations communities.’
    • ‘The Six Nations councillor representing a B.C. First Nation raised his hands and remained in his chair.’
    • ‘It is the largest First Nation community in Manitoba, with an on-reserve population of approximately 3,065 residents.’
    • ‘This respect should be expanded to embrace all aspects of First Nations culture within North America.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everyone recognizes that the Assembly of First Nations is an unwieldy organization in dire need of reform.’