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Indigenous people around the world historically have been referred to by a range of names, including those of their own traditional distinctions, as well as those colonially imposed (such as “Indians” for Native Americans). First Nations is a relatively novel term, coming to prominence in Canada during the 1970s, to refer to indigenous or native peoples. The term has been applied more generally to all pre-colonial peoples of both the Americas and Australia, though the term is by no means uncontroversial. The degree to which the term is tied to a notion of sovereign “nationhood” and the requirements of historical primacy (who is “first”), both make the term politically complex. Nevertheless, the experiences of native people, especially relative to environmental rights and experiences, is remarkably ...

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