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Laxgalts'ap/Greenville, BC. Entrance sign carved by Merlin Robinson
Laxgalts'ap/Greenville, BC. Entrance sign carved by Merlin Robinson
Laxgalts'ap is located in British Columbia
Location of Laxgalts'ap in British Columbia
Coordinates: 55°01′50″N 129°34′30″W / 55.03056°N 129.57500°W / 55.03056; -129.57500Coordinates: 55°01′50″N 129°34′30″W / 55.03056°N 129.57500°W / 55.03056; -129.57500
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Indigenous territoriesBandera Nis'ga Nation.png Nisg̱a'a
 • Governing bodyNisga'a Lisims Government
 • Total474
Time zoneUTC−8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
Postal codeV0J 3T0
Area code(s)250

Laxg̱alts'ap /læxˈɑːldzæp/ (also Laxqalts'ap, and formerly Lachkaltsap[1] or Greenville) is a Nisga'a Village of approximately 474, in the Nass River valley of British Columbia, Canada. It is one of the four main villages in the Nisga'a Lisims, the formal name for their territory, and is situated on the north side of the Nass River between Gitwinksihlkw to the east and Gingolx to the west. It is approximately 24 km from where the Nass empties into the Pacific Ocean at Nass Bay. Road access is via the Nisga'a Highway.

Name origin[edit]

In the Nisga'a language, Laxgalts'ap translates to "village on village"—the current village was built on the site of a much older one.[2]
The older village at this site, known as Gitxat'in, was destroyed by fire.[3]

Laxgalts'ap got its English name of Greenville (pron. /ˈɡrɛnvɪl/ GREN-vil)[4] from Methodist Missionary Alfred Green, who was based here in the late 19th century.[5]

Until reconstituted as a Nisga'a Village in 2000 by the terms of the Nisga'a Treaty, Laxgalts'ap was formerly Lachkaltsap Indian Reserve No. 9.[6]

Nisga'a Museum[edit]

The Nisga'a Museum is the Nisga'a people's primary place for display of Nisga'a artifacts, sharing traditions and ideas, and a centre for research and learning.[7] It was established in Laxgalts'ap and opened in the spring of 2011.


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

Laxgalts'ap Village Government Office


External links[edit]

  • School website
  • Nisga'a Lisims Government
  • Nisga'a Museum website
  • City-Data information
  • "Greenville (community; rescinded)". BC Geographical Names.
  • "Laxgalts'ap (Community)". BC Geographical Names.