Nor'Wester is a shortened version of North-Wester (variously spelled); historically, a North West Company agent, Wintering Partner or servant; a trader or engagé who winters in the hinterland; or a veteran of these experiences. In the plural the term may refer to the NWC itself. A native or resident of the Northwest Territories, usually non-Indigenous, may be called a Nor'Wester, but in the literature of the fur trade the term is usually associated with the NWC and its members.