First Nations, Inuit and Métis terminology guidelines for usage
There are many terms associated with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. These have evolved over time and are continuing to evolve. It is important to be respectful of this diversity and refer to First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals and communities with the terms that most closely describe how they want to be identified.
It is also critical to learn and acknowledge that certain terms have been used to belittle, oppress and erase First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and their cultures. Utilizing culturally responsive language supports collective efforts toward decolonization and reconciliation.
This guide covers terminology in use at the University of Waterloo.