✅ People refers to a body of individuals who are brought together by the same ideals, culture, or language (the British people).
✅ Nation refers to a body of individuals, either current or historical, who live or lived together under one system of government. This can be, but isn’t always, the same thing as a country (the Dene Nation).
✅ While nation and people can be used interchangeably, nation puts the emphasis on the idea of a common system of government or a single political entity (European nations).
✅ It’s best to use nation to describe a group of people who have, had, or want a shared government. Individuals in a nation, however, might be part of different peoples.
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