Chilcotin Forest

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.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: S of Callanan Lake, W of Williams Lake (city), Cariboo Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 52°07'00''N, 122°34'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 93B/2

Origin Notes and History:

Ninkynee (settlement) adopted 18 January 1967, as suggested by the resident forester of the Chilcotin Forest Indian Training Centre and so-labelled on military map MCE 120, Chilcotin Training Area, 1967. Name changed to Chilcotin Forest (settlement) 8 May 1967, following local objections and a petition by Chilcotin Forest Community Club. Form of name subsequently changed to Chilcotin Forest (community).

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

Ninkynee is a Chilcotin word meaning "Indians own", expressing the community's nature and reason for existence. (December 1966 letter from Chilcotin Forest Indian Training Centre, file W.1.55); alternate suggestion Fort Chilcotin not acceptable as the settlement is not connected with any military installation (January 1967 letter from Director of Army Operational Services, file W.1.55).

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