Laxgalts'ap

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
Pronounced: lach-ALL dzap
Relative Location: N side of lower Nass River, between Gitwinksihlkw and Gingolx (formerly Kincolith), N of Prince Rupert, Cassiar Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 55°01'50''N, 129°34'30''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 103P/4
   

Origin Notes and History:

Lachkaltsap (Indian Village), not Lachkaltzap, was adopted in the 1930 BC Gazetteer. Name changed to Greenville (Post Office) 6 July 1950 on 103NE. Confirmed 6 August 1953 on 103P and 7 July 1960 on 103P. Form of name changed to Greenville (Community) 14 January 1983 on 103P/4. Name changed to Laxgalts'ap (community) per Nisga'a Treaty, Appendix F-3, effective 11 May 2000.

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

Laxgalts'ap has come to mean "a dwelling place situated upon an ancient dwelling place" [Lax/ on; gal/ empty, uninhabited; ts'ap/ village]. Gitxat'in was the original name of this village before it was destroyed by fire, after which it became known as Laxgalts'ap. "Galts'ap" has also become the more widely used term today to mean "village site" (advice from Sim'oogit Gilaxnamk'ap, 1983)

Source: Nisga'a Tribal Council / Ayuukhl Nisga'a Department, Aiyansh BC