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CFLA and NIKLA Release First Nations, Métis, and Inuit – Indigenous Ontology (FNMIIO)

Screenshot of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit – Indigenous Ontology (FNMIIO)

July 1, 2019

To mark National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, the National Indigenous Knowledge and Language Alliance (NIKLA) and the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) released the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit – Indigenous Ontology (FNMIIO), a working list of Indigenous Names to better reflect how Indigenous people currently prefer to refer to themselves.

The FNMI Ontology is intended to be a living document that will be updated and revised based on information gathered through research or consultations. Future plans include distribution as MARC authority records and in linked data formats.

Fields in the ontology include:

  • Community Name
  • Used For
  • Alternate Names/Spellings
  • Cultural Affiliations
  • Political Affiliations
  • Language(s)
  • Treaty/Agreement/Settlement
  • Band #
  • Reserve/Settlement Name
  • Reserve/Settlement Location (NRCan)
  • Source(s)

(Via Canadian Federation of Library Associations and National Indigenous Knowledge and Language Alliance)