Classification of Indigenous group response
The term 'First Nations' can be used instead of the term 'First Nations (North American Indian)' if accompanied by the following footnote:
First Nations refers to First Nations (North American Indian).
This classification only applies to those persons who identify as First Nations (North American Indian), Métis and/or Inuk (Inuit). These are the three groups defined as the Aboriginal peoples (referred to here as Indigenous peoples) of Canada in the Constitution Act, 1982, Section 35 (2).
The Classification of Indigenous group response classifies individual responses. However, the terms in this classification may also be used to classify persons (see Classification of Indigenous group). The definitions presented here for the terms 'First Nations (North American Indian)', 'Métis' and 'Inuk (Inuit)' reflect the use of these terms in both the classification of persons and the classification of responses. When presenting data on Indigenous group response, only the definitions pertaining to the classification of responses need be used.