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First Nations is a term to describe the Indigenous people that were the original inhabitants of the land that is now Canada. First Nations does not include the Indigenous people who are Métis or Inuit. The First Nations people are sometimes referred to as Aboriginal people.

“First Nations” should be used only as a general term, as members are more likely to define themselves as specific nations or communities within nations.

Symbolically, the term equates the First Nations with the French and the British as “first among equals” as the founding nations of Canada.

There were six main geographical groups among the early First Nations:

  • Woodland First Nations
  • Iroquoian First Nations
  • Plains First Nations
  • Plateau First Nations
  • Pacific Coast First Nations
  • First Nations of the Mackenzie and Yukon River Basins

History of the First Nations

The First Nations were the first to encounter European contact, settlement, and trade.

The First Nations occupied North America for thousands of years before European explorers arrived. The first explorers were Norse, traveling from Scandinavia to Iceland, Greenland, and finally landing in Newfoundland in the 11th century. Europeans returned to North America to establish settlements during the 1500s, attracted by the plentiful fishing. These explorers were more permanent than the first.

Colonial practices and policies of the Europeans aimed to assimilate and control the Indigenous people. These policies include the Indian Act of 1876, a consolidation of previous ordinances that sought to eradicate First Nations culture in favor of assimilation into Euro-Canadian society. Another policy called the pass system controlled the movement of Indigenous people by requiring them to present an authorized travel document to leave and return to their reservations. Other oppressive policies included [reserves[(https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/aboriginal-reserves) and residential schools.

The well-being of Indigenous people has been devastated by these policies and practices in combination with segregation, loss of land, racism, and declining or unequal access to resources and public services.

In 1980, hundreds of Indigenous chiefs met in Ottawa and used “First Nations” for the first time in their Declaration of First Nations. The Assembly of First Nations was formed in 1982 as the political voice for First Nations people in Canada.

First Nations People Today

According to the 2016 census, 977,230 people in Canada identify as being of First Nations Heritage, an increase of 39.3% since 2006. As of 2020, the Canadian government recognizes 619 First Nations, speaking more than 50 languages.

First Nations people today may live on or off reservations, may or may not have legal status under the Indian Act, and may or may not be registered members of a nation or band (bands function as municipalities).

As aforementioned, the socio-economic status and overall well-being of First Nations (and Indigenous people in general) have been negatively impacted for years and problems persist today. Dispossession of cultural traditions, discrimination, racism, prejudice, and social inequities have led to these poor conditions for First Nations.

The gap between the socio-economic status and conditions between Indigenous people and non-indigenous is significant, although it is improving. The Assembly of First Nations co-authored a report in 2019 that revealed that about 47% of the 254,100 First Nations children in Canada live in poverty. Additionally, First Nations children are almost four times as likely to live in poverty than non-Indigenous children.]]

First Nations 2021

Rank Country 2021 Population
China1,444,216,107
India1,393,409,038
United States332,915,073
Indonesia276,361,783
Pakistan225,199,937
Brazil213,993,437
Nigeria211,400,708
Bangladesh166,303,498
Russia145,912,025
Mexico130,262,216
Japan126,050,804
Ethiopia117,876,227
Philippines111,046,913
Egypt104,258,327
Vietnam98,168,833
Dr Congo92,377,993
Turkey85,042,738
Iran85,028,759
Germany83,900,473
Thailand69,950,850
United Kingdom68,207,116
France65,426,179
Tanzania61,498,437
Italy60,367,477
South Africa60,041,994
Kenya54,985,698
Myanmar54,806,012
South Korea51,305,186
Colombia51,265,844
Uganda47,123,531
Spain46,745,216
Argentina45,605,826
Sudan44,909,353
Algeria44,616,624
Ukraine43,466,819
Iraq41,179,350
Afghanistan39,835,428
Canada38,067,903
Poland37,797,005
Morocco37,344,795
Saudi Arabia35,340,683
Uzbekistan33,935,763
Angola33,933,610
Peru33,359,418
Malaysia32,776,194
Mozambique32,163,047
Ghana31,732,129
Yemen30,490,640
Nepal29,674,920
Venezuela28,704,954
Madagascar28,427,328
Cameroon27,224,265
Ivory Coast27,053,629
North Korea25,887,041
Australia25,788,215
Niger25,130,817
Taiwan23,855,010
Sri Lanka21,497,310
Burkina Faso21,497,096
Mali20,855,735
Malawi19,647,684
Chile19,212,361
Romania19,127,774
Kazakhstan18,994,962
Zambia18,920,651
Syria18,275,702
Guatemala18,249,860
Ecuador17,888,475
Senegal17,196,301
Netherlands17,173,099
Cambodia16,946,438
Chad16,914,985
Somalia16,359,504
Zimbabwe15,092,171
Guinea13,497,244
Rwanda13,276,513
Benin12,451,040
Burundi12,255,433
Tunisia11,935,766
Bolivia11,832,940
Belgium11,632,326
Haiti11,541,685
South Sudan11,381,378
Cuba11,317,505
Dominican Republic10,953,703
Czech Republic10,724,555
Greece10,370,744
Jordan10,269,021
Azerbaijan10,223,342
Portugal10,167,925
Sweden10,160,169
Honduras10,062,991
United Arab Emirates9,991,089
Tajikistan9,749,627
Hungary9,634,164
Belarus9,442,862
Papua New Guinea9,119,010
Austria9,043,070
Israel8,789,774
Switzerland8,715,494
Serbia8,697,550
Togo8,478,250
Sierra Leone8,141,343
Hong Kong7,552,810
Laos7,379,358
Paraguay7,219,638
Libya6,958,532
Bulgaria6,896,663
Lebanon6,769,146
Nicaragua6,702,385
Kyrgyzstan6,628,356
El Salvador6,518,499
Turkmenistan6,117,924
Singapore5,896,686
Denmark5,813,298
Republic Of The Congo5,657,013
Finland5,548,360
Norway5,465,630
Slovakia5,460,721
Oman5,223,375
Palestine5,222,748
Liberia5,180,203
Costa Rica5,139,052
Ireland4,982,907
Central African Republic4,919,981
New Zealand4,860,643
Mauritania4,775,119
Panama4,381,579
Kuwait4,328,550
Croatia4,081,651
Moldova4,024,019
Georgia3,979,765
Eritrea3,601,467
Uruguay3,485,151
Mongolia3,329,289
Bosnia And Herzegovina3,263,466
Jamaica2,973,463
Armenia2,968,127
Qatar2,930,528
Albania2,872,933
Puerto Rico2,828,255
Lithuania2,689,862
Namibia2,587,344
Gambia2,486,945
Botswana2,397,241
Gabon2,278,825
Lesotho2,159,079
North Macedonia2,082,658
Slovenia2,078,724
Guinea Bissau2,015,494
Latvia1,866,942
Bahrain1,748,296
Equatorial Guinea1,449,896
Trinidad And Tobago1,403,375
Timor Leste1,343,873
Estonia1,325,185
Mauritius1,273,433
Cyprus1,215,584
Eswatini1,172,362
Djibouti1,002,187
Fiji902,906
Reunion901,686
Comoros888,451
Guyana790,326
Bhutan779,898
Solomon Islands703,996
Macau658,394
Luxembourg634,814
Montenegro628,053
Western Sahara611,875
Suriname591,800
Cape Verde561,898
Maldives543,617
Malta442,784
Brunei441,532
Belize404,914
Guadeloupe400,020
Bahamas396,913
Martinique374,745
Iceland343,353
Vanuatu314,464
French Guiana306,448
New Caledonia288,218
Barbados287,711
French Polynesia282,530
Mayotte279,515
Sao Tome And Principe223,368
Samoa200,149
Saint Lucia184,400
Guam170,179
Curacao164,798
Kiribati121,392
Micronesia116,254
Grenada113,021
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines111,263
Aruba107,204
Tonga106,760
United States Virgin Islands104,226
Seychelles98,908
Antigua And Barbuda98,731
Isle Of Man85,410
Andorra77,355
Dominica72,167
Cayman Islands66,497
Bermuda62,090
Marshall Islands59,610
Northern Mariana Islands57,917
Greenland56,877
American Samoa55,100
Saint Kitts And Nevis53,544
Faroe Islands49,049
Sint Maarten43,412
Monaco39,511
Saint Martin39,234
Turks And Caicos Islands39,231
Liechtenstein38,250
San Marino34,017
Gibraltar33,698
British Virgin Islands30,421
Palau18,169
Cook Islands17,565
Anguilla15,117
Tuvalu11,931
Wallis And Futuna11,094
Nauru10,876
Saint Barthelemy9,907
Saint Pierre And Miquelon5,766
Montserrat4,977
Falkland Islands3,533
Niue1,619
Tokelau1,373
Vatican City800

First Nations 2021