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Canyon City
Gitwinksihlkw Elementary School
Gitwinksihlkw Elementary School
Gitwinksihlkw is located in British Columbia
Location of Gitwinksihlkw in British Columbia
Coordinates: 55°11′30″N 129°13′00″W / 55.19167°N 129.21667°W / 55.19167; -129.21667Coordinates: 55°11′30″N 129°13′00″W / 55.19167°N 129.21667°W / 55.19167; -129.21667
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Indigenous territoriesBandera Nis'ga Nation.png Nisg̱a'a
 • Governing bodyNisga'a Lisims Government
 • Total201
Time zoneUTC−8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
Postal code
V0J 3T0
Area code(s)250

Gitwinksihlkw (/ˈɡɪtwɪnsɪlk/ GIT-win-silk,[1] /-wɪŋkʃɪsk/ -⁠wink-shisk)[2] formerly Canyon City, is a Nisga'a Village in the Nass River valley of northwestern British Columbia, Canada, near that river's confluence with the Tseax River. An older spelling is Kitwilluchsilt. It is one of four Nisga'a villages. Road access is via the Nisga'a Highway.

Gitwinksihlkw means "people of the lizard's habitat", a reference to the presence of ksilkw (salamanders) in the area prior to the eruption of Tseax Cone in the 18th century which buried the neighbouring villages of Wii Lax K'abit and Lax Ksiluux.


The community is served by School District 92 Nisga'a and hosts Gitwinksihlkw Elementary School. The secondary school is in Gitlakdamix.

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  1. ^ "Name Details: Gitwinksihlkw". BC Geographical Names Search. GeoBC. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Pronunciation Guide to First Nations in British Columbia". Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Archived from the original on 23 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014.

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