BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Kispiox
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StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Relative Location: At junction of Kispiox and Skeena Rivers, Cassiar Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 55°21'04''N, 127°41'37''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
DatumClick here for an explanation of Datum.: NAD83
NTS MapClick here for an explanation of NTS Map.: 93M/5
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Origin Notes and History:

Kispiox (settlement) adopted 1 March 1938 on Geological Survey sheet 448A, Hazelton, as identified in the Handbook of the Indians of Canada, published by Geographic Board of Canada 1912.
Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.
Population: 222 in 1911 (Handbook of the Indians of Canada, Geographic Board of Canada, 1912). Kispiox Post Office was opened 1 December 1910; closed 28 February 1931.
Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.
"Kispiox River (not Kispyox nor Kis-py-ox)"; named after an Indian Tribe; name means "place of ancestor Piyeoux."
Source: 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924 (supplement to the Annual Report of the Dept of the Interior, 1924, Ottawa)
"The name means "refugee lurk" or hiding place; an Indian woman, sole survivor of an attack by the Nass Indians, found refuge here among the tall fireweed. She married her rescuer and their prolific offspring became the Fireweed clan."
Source: Provincial Archives' Place Names File (the "Harvey File") compiled 1945-1950 by A.G. Harvey from various sources, with subsequent additions
"The village of Kispiox... at the mouth of the tributary of that name, which means "loud talkers"." (Large, R.G., Skeena: River of Destiny; Mitchell Press, Vancouver, 1957, p.6)
Source: included with note