Nusatsum River

Feature Type:River - Watercourse of variable size, which has tributaries and flows into a body of water or a larger watercourse.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows NW into Bella Coola River above Hagensborg, Range 3 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 52°24'39''N, 126°29'19''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 93D/8
Related Maps: 93D/1
93D/8

Origin Notes and History:

Nootsatsum River identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer. Spelling changed to Nusatsum River 13 March 1947 on 93/SW.

Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.

Various phonetic spellings on Ref Map 12A and other early maps for Nusatsum Mountain and Nusatsum River: Nootsatsum, Noosatum, Nutsatsum, Nusatsum..... The spelling that most closely resembles pronunciation would be "Nusatsum" according to August 1946 letter from F.C. Swannell, BCLS, and R.P. Bishop, BCLS, to Surveyor-General, Ottawa. (files T.1.37 and O.1.46)

Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.

According to Joseph Saunders, Kimsquit Indian, the name means "where spring salmon spawn" (Topographic Survey field officer B.L. Anderson; Names List p.2, Ottawa file 93D.) Headwaters in the vicinity of 52° 12' 45" x 126° 15' 50" on 93D/1.

Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.