Aboriginal people refers to all Aboriginal people in Canada collectively, without regard to their separate origins and identities. Or Aboriginal people refers to more than one Aboriginal person. DIAND recommends the use of the term Aboriginal as an adjective only. The plural form, Aboriginal peoples, emphasizes that there is a diversity of people within the group known as Aboriginal people. The Constitutional Act, 1982 specifies that the Aboriginal peoples in Canada consist of three groups: Indians, Inuit, and Métis people. (Source: Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development)
"Aboriginal people" is a group name for the original peoples of North America and their descendants. There are three groups of Aboriginal peoples - Indians, Métis and Inuit, and each with unique heritages, languages, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.