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Booklet 10 - Place Names

 We will include a list of place names that the Kitsumkalum people would like to legally rename in an appendix to the Final Agreement. These new names will be approved with the FInal Agreement. If we wnat the change the legal name after the Final Agreement, we will have to go through the provinvial procedure to change the place names. A request we will need to be submitted to the BC Geographical Names Office and the request may not be accepted. 

If any new community or development needs a name after the Final Agreement, we will have to go through the provincial procedure to create a legal name.

Steps to changing a place name as part of the Final Agreement

We will take the following steps to change place names:

1. Come up with a list of proposed names through research

2. Develop a final list of names with the community

3. Include the list in an appendix to the Final Agreement

4. Once the Final Agreement is approved and the province passes the Kitsumkalum Treaty Act, the province will take the necessary steps to change the legal names

5. New maps will show the new Kitsumkalum names

Suggested criteria for Kitsumkalum Names

We will use the following suggested criteria when changing or making new placing name:

  • Is the place part of  settlement lands?
  • Does it have a commonly known and recognizable Tsimshian name?
  • Is the Tsimshian the orignal name or a translation from the English name?
  • Is the name easy to pronounce?
  • Is there a new name that is currently used or that could be created? Could be in Sm'algyax or English?
  • Use the spelling taught in our 'Na Aksa Gyilak'yoo school and the Suwilaawksa Sm'algyax Guide.

Kitsumkalum Names List

The Kitsumkalum names listed below come from a variety of sources. Some of the names were documented by James McDonald during interviews with elders. Other sources include the work of ethnographers Marius Barbeau and William Beynon and the UNBC Sm'algyax Online Dictionary. Some of the names are originial Tsimshian names and some are translations of the English name into Sm'algyax.

This list is a work in progress and names may be changed. This is not a final list but is a place to start the discussion on place names. We have at least two years to come up with the list that will be included in the Final Agreement.

Communities and Villages

 

 Mountains and Landmarks

 

 

 Lakes, Rivers, Creeks, & Watershed

 

Roads