Wedeene River

Feature Type:River - Watercourse of variable size, which has tributaries and flows into a body of water or a larger watercourse.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows SE into Kitimat River just above Kitimat, S of Terrace, Range 5 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 54°08'04''N, 128°36'54''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 103I/2
Related Maps: 103I/2
103I/7

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted in the 1930 BC Gazetteer as labelled on BC map 3M, 1916. Confirmed 4 November 1948 on 103/NE, 2 June 1950 on 103I/7 and 4 October 1951 on 103I.

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

Anthropologist Wilson Duff advises that Wedeene is the Tsimpsean name, meaning "big or great valley".

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

"The Haisla name for the river and its entire watershed is Niqwa (pronounced NEE-kwah). The watershed comprises part of the Haisla Blackfish clan stewardship area which is traditionally owned by the holder of the Haisla name Wiisexs in each generation." (information contributed February 2007 by anthropologist James V. (Jay) Powell, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia, Vancouver; consultant to Haisla Nation, 2000-present).

Source: included with note