The phrase Indigenous peoples is preferentially used on campus with reference to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. This decision was made during the Indigenous Initiatives Strategy process following consultation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis students, staff and faculty at U of G and local community members. This change is effective now but will take time to implement across campus.
We recognize the fluidity of language and that certain terms are preferred or contested in different political, legal, scholarly and social contexts. We also acknowledge that the use of collective terms does not honour the distinct origins, languages and cultures of individuals and communities. It is important to be respectful of this diversity and, as a best practice, to refer to Indigenous people and nations with the term that most closely identifies with their ancestors and how they wish to be identified.
For more information, please review the Indigenous Terminology Guide. Additional information for writing about Indigenous peoples can be found in the Inclusive Language section of the U of G Style Guide.