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