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First Nations
Premières Nations
Flag of Haida.svgMusqueam flag.png

Ouje Bougounou Cree.jpgFlag of Eel Ground First Nation.svg
Bandera innu.PNGTemagama Ojibwa.png
Kawawachikamach Band of the Naskapi Nation.jpgBandera Red Earth Cree.PNG
Bandera Nis'ga Nation.pngBandera Sechelt.png

Flag of the Iroquois Confederacy.svgMikmaq State Flag.svg
First Nation flags
Total population

977,230[1] (Canada census 2016)

Regions with significant populations
Aboriginal languages
Aboriginal English
Canadian French
Traditional beliefs
Related ethnic groups
Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Métis

First Nations (French: Premières Nations) are the people of native tribes who lived in the land now governed by Canada before Europeans came there. Many say it because these nations were here long before Canada, and to make it clearer that the First Nations have many cultures, and that some of the cultures are very different from others. Some consider it a respect to those who first cultivated certain patches of land. The aboriginal people from Canada's Arctic are thought of as a different group of people, called the Inuit.[2]

These First Nations are important in the world because their stories have taught us a lot about cultural values and how to live in harmony with the land.

Other words that have been used for First Nations people, tribes, and cultures have been "indigenous", "aboriginal", "Indian", "Native Indian", "Amerind," or "native." Now many people say "Indian" only about people to India.