Gitanyow

Feature Type:Locality - A named place or area, generally with a scattered population of 50 or less.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: On Kitwanga River, S of Kitwancool Lake, Cassiar Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 55°16'00''N, 128°04'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 103P/8

Origin Notes and History:

Kitwancool (locality) adopted by BC 8 November 1991 on 103P/8, and submitted to DINA for dual approval. Name changed to Gitanyow (locality) 24 May 1994 on 103 P/8, and submitted to DINA for dual approval.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

By public ceremony in 1991, the Kitwancool Band changed their name to Gitanyow Band; at the time band administration advised that although the Indian reserve name would change, the locality would likely remain known as "Kitwancool". However by special resolution in 1994, the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs renamed their organization, to be known henceforth as Sim-Gi-Get'm Gitanyow, and requested that maps and toponymic records now identify the locality on Kitwancool IR 1 as "Gitanyow" (2 May 1994 letter, file N.1.53).

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office