Capitalize nouns and adjectives referring to race, tribe, nationality and language:
Do not capitalize the word allophone, which refers to a person whose first language is neither English nor French and which is used with specific reference to Quebec.
The form of some words may vary depending on the meaning:
Capitalize the singular and plural forms of the nouns Status Indian, Registered Indian, Non-Status Indian and Treaty Indian, as well as the terms Aboriginal, Native and Indigenous when they refer to Aboriginal people in Canada.
The terms Aboriginals and Natives are not used as proper nouns. When Aboriginal, Indigenous and Native are used as adjectives, note the following noun forms:
For further information on the representation of Aboriginal (Native) peoples in written communications, see Chapter 14 Elimination of Stereotyping in Written Communications.
In keeping with 4.11 Races, languages and peoples above, capitalize the names of languages. Do not capitalize the names of other disciplines when used in a general sense. Capitalize them when used to refer to school subjects or the names of particular courses:
Do not capitalize the name of a degree in informal references, but do capitalize it when it is written in full:
Do not capitalize terms designating academic years:
Capitalize grade when followed by a number or letter:
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