ch'atlich

Feature Type:District Municipality (1) - A populated place with legally defined boundaries, incorporated as a district municipality under the provincial Municipal Act.
Status: Lookup the official name
Pronounced: see note
Relative Location: S end of Sechelt Peninsula, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°28'18''N, 123°45'48''W at the approximate location of the Municipal Hall.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92G/5
Related Maps: 92G/12
92G/5

Origin Notes and History:

The place name ch’atlich is the the she shashishalhem name for the location of present day Sechelt (District Municipality) and means "side of land facing the far out (water)." The place name ch’atlich derives from the combination of the following shishalh words: ch'a : far out (on water), go far out (on water), offshore. -lich : side (of land facing water, of room, of obstacle, etc.), wall (of room). The words combine to mean the side of land facing the far out (water). In this instance the word is referencing the land facing the open ocean (Strait of Georgia). (Advice from shíshálh Nation Stewardship and Territorial Land Management Division, 2019)

Source: included with note

This place name is found in the Sechelt Dictionary on page 380. ch’atlich is an important area where shishalh would transport canoes over the isthmus as a navigational short cut to access the Sechelt Inlet. (Advice from shíshálh Nation Stewardship and Territorial Land Management Division, 2019)

Source: included with note

ch'atlich
• The first half of this word sounds like English 'chat', except that 'ch' has a throat-catch.
• In the second half of this word 'l' and 'ch' are pronounced as in English, but 'I' sounds like the 'A' in mate.
• Both syllables have strong stress.
(Advice from shíshálh Nation Stewardship and Territorial Land Management Division, 2019)

Source: included with note

Acknowledging with gratitude Raquel Joe (ch’elkwilwet), Museum Curator, tems swiya Museum, shíshálh Nation, and Steven Feschuk (xwash), Protector of Culture, shíshálh Nation, for providing the audio pronunciation.

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