BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Oweekeno
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First Nation Village
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Relative Location: N side Wannock River, between Owikeno Lake and head of Rivers Inlet, Range 2 Coast Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 51°40'50''N, 127°13'30''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
DatumClick here for an explanation of Datum.: NAD27
NTS MapClick here for an explanation of NTS Map.: 92M/11
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Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 14 April 1998 on 92M/11, the spelling as identified on Oweekeno Nation letterhead (file F.1.68)
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
"...the O-wee-kay-no tribe of Indians live at the head of Rivers Inlet..." (Walbran, British Columbia Coast Names, 1909). Identified as "Owekano Tribe" in the 1916 Report of the Royal Commission on Indian Affairs for the Province of British Columbia. See Owikeno Lake.
Source: included with note
Several meanings have been advanced...an early one was 'portage makers' or 'those who carry on the back' referring to the Indians making the portage between Rivers Inlet and Owikeno Lake. A more recent translation is 'right-minded people' or 'people talking right.'
Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; British Columbia Place Names; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997