Tsilhqot’in Place Names

Tsilhqot’in Ch’ih Gudzɨsh

Tŝilhqotin Place Names

Section 12.43 to 12.48 of the Nenqay Deni Accord outlines the mandate for the Province of BC to work with the Tŝilhqot’in Nation to recognize the Tŝilhqot’in names for our places. Part of this recognition means working with the Province of BC to recognize that Tŝilhqot’in names have been tied to Tŝilhqot’in landscapes for millennia before explorers, prospectors, settlers and surveyors ever stepped foot on the Chilcotin Plateau.

Achieving these desired results means working on several levels and taking several steps. Names that are tied to places require computerized mapping software to hold the information safe and be able to present it in the correct location whenever a map needs to be made.

TNG is confident in most of the place names for major yeqox (rivers), biny (lakes), dẑelh (mountains), tl’ech’id (meadows), qwen-towh (communities), ʔunqay (fishing areas), and so on. With support and direction from each of the Tŝilhqot’in communities, TNG is beginning to submit these digital files (including the name and spelling, location, and some other background info) to the provincial government. The names submitted as of May 2018, and their statuses, are:

  • Tl’esqox [Community] (Adopted - Official)
  • ʔEsdilagh [Community] (Adopted - Official)
  • Tŝi Deldel [Community] (Adopted - Official)
  • Xeni [Community] (Adopted - Official)
  • Tl’etinqox [Community] (Adopted - Official)
  • Yuneŝit’in [Community] (Adopted - Official)
  • Naghatalhchuẑ Biny [Lake] (Submitted)
  • Lhuy Nachasgwen Gunlin Biny [Lake] (Submitted)
  • Xexti Biny [Lake] (Submitted)
  • Ts'uniʔad Biny [Lake] (Submitted)Tsanlgen Biny [Lake] (Submitted)
  • Nataŝeŵed Biny [Lake] (Submitted)
  • Gwedzin Biny [Lake] (Submitted)
  • Biny Gwechugh [Lake] (Submitted)
  • Xeni Biny [Lake] (Submitted)
  • Tŝ'ilʔoŝ [Mountain] (Submitted)
  • Tŝilhqox Biny [Lake] (Submitted)
  • Telhiqox Biny [Lake] (Submitted)
  • Tachelach'ed [Locality] (Submitted)


We have been meeting with many Tŝilhqot’in knowledge keepers over the past few months and we will be submitting more Tŝilhqot’in place names from outside the Declared Title Area as soon as possible. This is an ongoing process. If you want to be involved or know someone that would like to be involved, please feel free to call or email Shane Doddridge who is coordinating this project.

For more information about Tŝilhqot’in place names, contact Shane Doddridge, TNG Cultural Heritage Coordinator: shane@tsilhqotin.ca 778-799-2145

Nexwenen (Cultural) Place Names Map