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Definition of Self Identification Terms

May 3, 2019  
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First Nations: Includes Status and Non-Status Individuals
Status- Individual registered under the Indian Act who identify with a First Nation community-ancestral land.
Non-Status- Individuals who identify with a First Nation community- ancestral land but are not registered under the INAC registry system.

Metis: "a person who self-identifies as Metis, is distinct from other Aboriginal peoples, is of historic Metis Nation Ancestry and who is accepted by the Metis Nation.

Inuit: The members if an Indigenous people whose homeland is the Canadian Arctic, which includes: Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, in addition to Norther Quebec and Norther Labrador.

Newcomer: An inclusive self-identifying term for those individuals who are not originally from Canada and may hold, for example, refugee status; permanent resident status; and/or be a new immigrant.

Visible Minority: Persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who may be of African, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Islander, East Asian, Southeast Asian, West Asian, Arab or Latin American ancestry, for example.


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