Term: First Nation / First Nations

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2006-01-25

Definition:

A term that came into common usage in the 1970's to replace the word "Indian". Although the term First Nation is widely used, no legal definition of it exists. Among its uses, the term "First Nations peoples" refers to the Indian people in Canada, both Status and Non-Status. Many Indian people have also adopted the term "First Nation" to replace the word "band" in the name of their community.

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  • Katz A, Avery Kinew K, Star L, Taylor C, Koseva I, Lavoie J, Burchill C, Urquia M, Basham A, Rajotte L, Ramayanam V, Jarmasz J, Burchill S. The Health Status of and Access to Healthcare by Registered First Nation Peoples in Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2019. [Report] [Summary] [Supplements/Data extras] (View)
  • Martens PJ, Sanderson D, Jebamani L. Health services use of Manitoba First Nations people: is it related to underlying need? Can J Public Health 2005;96 Suppl 1(1 Suppl):S39-S44. [Abstract] (View)
  • Martens PJ. Increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration at a community level: an evaluation of Sagkeeng First Nation's community health nurse and peer counselor programs. J Hum Lact 2002;18(3):236-246. [Abstract] (View)
  • Martens PJ, Sanderson D, Jebamani LS. Mortality comparisons of First Nations to all other Manitobans: a provincial population-based look at health inequalities by region and gender. Can J Public Health 2005;96 Suppl 1(1 Suppl):S33-S38. [Abstract] (View)
  • Martens PJ, Bond R, Jebamani L, Burchill C, Roos NP, Derksen S, Beaulieu M, Steinbach C, MacWilliam L, Walld R, Dik N, Sanderson D, Health Information and Research Committee AoMC, Tanner-Spence M, Leader A, Elias B, O'Neil J. The Health and Health Care Use of Registered First Nations People Living in Manitoba: A Population-Based Study. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2002. [Report] [Summary] [Supplements/Data extras] (View)


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