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-Indian, 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.