BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: K'alii Xk'alaan
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Feature Types.
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Canal (2) - A narrow, saltwater passage between bodies of land
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Not official. Lookup the official name
Relative Location: BC-Alaska boundary, extending N from Portland Inlet to Stewart, Cassiar Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 55°27'00''N, 130°02'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
DatumClick here for an explanation of Datum.: NAD83
NTS MapClick here for an explanation of NTS Map.: 103O/8
Related MapClick here for an explanation of Related Maps.: 103J/16
103O/1
103O/16
103O/8
103O/9
103P/13
103P/5
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Origin Notes and History:

Nisga'a name for Portland Canal, referring to the entire inlet.
Source: Nisga'a Tribal Council / Ayuukhl Nisga'a Department, Aiyansh BC
A common fishing and food gathering place for all Nisga'a. The general area of upper Xk'alaan is a fused region having been occupied by both Nisga'a and Jits'aawit in the past. Decimated by both war and disease, the remaining Jits'aawit were taken under the protective wing of the Nisga'a Laxsgiik/Eagle chief, Sim'oogit Sganisim Sim'oogit (Mountain Chief). Total authority to the entire area thereafter (late 1800's), fell under the titleship of the Nisga'a, namely Sim'oogit "Sganisim Sim'oogit". [ts'im/ inside of, towards the inside; k'alaan/ at the back of (someplace)]. Sites up and down the inlet, on both sides, are named.
Source: Nisga'a Tribal Council / Ayuukhl Nisga'a Department, Aiyansh BC