Can tell which are the correct uses of the terms that refer to the first peoples of this land in the following stories?

Can you tell which terms are not used properly, or which examples confuse more than clarify?  Which group are they writing about?  Indians?  Inuit?  Or Métis?  Which examples properly use the all-encompassing, generic, one-size-fits-all terms of “Aboriginal” or “Indigenous?” Which ones do not?

Here are some recent stories gleaned from various sources, mostly Canadian newspapers but also one online Native American newspaper. 

Select one of the choices below each “Take” (or example) and then explain your choice in a short comment at the end of posting.  There are five (5) “Takes” or examples.

For example, “In Take ___, I chose number ___ because… ”

Ready?

And… here we go!

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Take One:

‘Tar sands are killing us’

(Indian Country Today)

TORONTO – Dene, Cree and Metis activists from First Nations affected by Alberta tar sands development made themselves heard in Washington as Canadian Environment Minister Jim Prentice was making the rounds of Capitol Hill.

1)  Yes, the terms are used correctly.

2)  No, writers use them incorrectly.

3)  Don’t know.  

Take Two:

“BC puts aboriginal recognition act on hold”

(Globe & Mail)

… some aboriginal opposition to another proposition in the bill, approved by the government and the First Nations Leadership Council, that would whittle the 200 or so existing native bands down to what native leaders call “the original 30 indigenous …

1)  Yes, the terms are used correctly.

2)  No, writers use them incorrectly.

3)  Don’t know.

Take Three

“Province ordered into land dispute”

(Hamilton Spectator)The Canadian Press

BRANTFORD (Mar 16, 2009) – The province has been ordered to join a court action to be heard in the city this week about the ongoing push for an injunction against aboriginal protesters.

1)  Yes, the terms are used correctly.

2)  No, writers use them incorrectly.

3)  Don’t know.

Take Four

“Home, Moldy Home:  Victoria paper investigates West Coast Indigenous housing crisis”

(Dominion Paper)by Kim Petersen

TRADITIONAL TERRITORY OF SNUNEYMUXW FIRST NATION (NANAIMO, BC)–Coming quickly on the heels of a seven-part exposé of an Indigenous housing crisis in Victoria-based newspaper Times Colonist, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) Minister Chuck Strahl promised $50 million for Indigenous housing on British Columbia reserves. It is part of the $400 million over the next two years already committed to on-reserve housing.

1)  Yes, the terms are used correctly.

2)  No, writers use them incorrectly.

3)  Don’t know.

Take Five

“Ontario First Nations want power opportunities”

(Indian Country Today)AAMJIWNAANG – A determination that there will be aboriginal participation in the planned expansion of Ontario’s power system was the clear message from a series of energy forums across the Anishinabek Nation territory.

1)  Yes, the terms are used correctly.

2)  No, writers use them incorrectly.

3)  Don’t know.

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