Feature Type:Community - An unincorporated populated place, generally with a population of 50 or more, and having a recognized central area that might contain a post office, store and/or community hall, etc, intended for the use of the general public in the region.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Junction of Salmon River & Six Mile Creek, NW of Vernon, Kamloops Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°30'05''N, 119°33'30''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82L/12
Related Maps: 82L/12

Origin Notes and History:

"Falkland (Post Office) identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer, as labelled on BC Lands' map 1EM, 1915. Confirmed 3 November 1932 on 82L/NW. Form of name changed to Falkland (community) 31 December 1982 on 82 L/12 & 82 L/5.

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

Falkland Post Office was opened 1 January 1898, William Bell postmaster. Renamed by the post office department as Slahaltkan Post Office 1 July 1906 and W.G. Simpson appointed postmaster; changed back to Falkland Post Office 1 October 1912.

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

After Falkland George Edgeworth Warren (1834-1908), colonel, RHA, retired c1888 after service in Canada, India, Malta and Cyprus; came here 1893; lived here and at Vancouver; died at Vancouver 19 March 1907; obituary in Vancouver Province newspaper 20 March 1908, p.11.

Source: Provincial Archives' Place Names File (the "Harvey File") compiled 1945-1950 by A.G. Harvey from various sources, with subsequent additions

Originally known by the Indian name of "Slahalchion," this little settlement was renamed in compliment to Colonel Falkland G.E. Warren, RHA, CMG, CB, who had been a good friend to the settlers.

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973.

"Col. Falkland George Edgeworth Warren (1834-1908) was, late in life, a pioneer in the Okanagan-Shushwap area and notable for taking a great interest in the Sikhs when they began arriving after 1903. He was Anglo-Irish, born in Dublin and commissioned in the Royal Artillery when he was eighteen. He had served the Indian Mutiny campaign, 1857 to 1859, on the Northwest Frontier, 1863, and in the Bhutan campaign, 1864 to 1865. He became a colonel in 1881 and he served as chief secretary, government of Cyprus, 1879 to 1891 before coming to British Columbia in retirement. He had written to the Under-Secretary of State for India in 1906 about the difficulties of the Sikhs arriving in the province, expressing concern about their situation and recommending the appointment of someone who knew the Punjab to help the immigrants find jobs and intepret for them in the courts, and to make such an appointment as a proactive measure to forestall trouble. His correspondence was fowarded to Lord Minto, the Viceroy in Delhi, who rejected his suggestion...." (The Voyage of the Komagata Maru website © Simon Fraser University 2011, citing A History of British Columbia, Lewis Publishing Co, Vancouver, 1906, pp. 659-62; Library & Archives of Canada, and Library of India files & records.)

Source: included with note