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First Nations persons are those with the bloodlines, lifestyle and culture of North America's original inhabitants, before Europeans and others arrived here.
First Nations have been referred to as Native Americans, Indians, or aboriginals. Some of these names are no longer considered politically correct.
All persons with Native American blood can consider themselves Indigenous or part Indigenous, but not all Indigenous people are First Nations. In Canada there are also Inuit and Metis people who are Indigenous but they are not First Nations.
Many First Nations persons live on reserves, while some are referred to as "off-reserve Indians", meaning they are still part of their Nation but do not live on a reserve. First Nations persons in Canada and the US are enrolled in bands, via their family bloodlines. This means they belong to and are recognized as being part of specific Nations, their communities and families.
In Canada they are identified by an "Indian Status Card", indicating their enrollment by the Canadian government. Other "non-status" Indians are First Nations persons who have lost their Indian Status with the government either because an ancestor left the reserve and didn't register their children, or an ancestor was too far back for the kids to retain their status, or an ancestor was a female as opposed to a male (this legislation has been reversed for some cases).
We've helped many people by finding documents to prove their ancestry or family is First Nations.