A term used to describe descendants of the original people who inhabited North, South and Central America prior to European conquest and to describe original people in Australia and New Zealand. In the North American context, the term is used interchangeably with "Native Canadian" or "Native American," and is considered more acceptable than the term "Indian". In Canada, this term refers to status Indians, non status Indians, Inuit and Metis. Recommended usage is to refer to a particular people by its name: "Navajo", "Ojibwa", etc.
Refers to those persons who reported identifying with at least one Aboriginal group, i.e. North American Indian, Métis or Inuit (Eskimo), or those who reported being a Treaty Indian or a Registered Indian as defined by the Indian Act of Canada or who were members of an Indian Band or First Nation.
having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state; "aboriginal forests"; "primal eras before the appearance of life on earth"; "the forest primeval"; "primordial matter"; "primordial forms of life"