Definition of First Nation in US English:

First Nation

noun

  • Any of the groups of indigenous peoples of Canada officially recognized as an administrative unit by the federal government or functioning as such without official status. The term is generally understood to exclude the Inuit and Metis.

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