Community Description

The Nisga'a Nation village of Gitwinksihlkw, formerly Canyon City, is located in the Nass River valley of northwestern British Columbia, Canada, near that river's confluence with the Tseax River.

Treaty or Tribal Association

Nisga'a Lisims Government

Economic Development Background

The Nisga'a Lisims Government Economic Development Department coordinates the Nation's economic development approach, managing the abundant natural resources, building capacity, and creating an economy geared towards long term sustainability.The primary industries in the Nass Valley are fishing and forestry, which are complemented by employment in the government, education, and healthcare sectors

Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures

Nisga'a businesses include: the Nisga'a Pacific Ventures LP, Nass Area Properties LP, Lisims Communications LP, Lisims Forest Resources LP, Nisga'a Fisheries LP. The Nisga'a Nation has also collaborated with the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project, the Cascade River Hydro Project, and has signed an Economic and Community Development Agreement with the Provincial Government.

Community Details:

North Coast
Gitwinksihlkw
Formerly Gwinaha (Merged With Andegulay, 1911); Changed To Canyon City (1911-1988) (Made Up Of Remaining Member From Kittex (Variation Kittak), Gitwinksihlkw (Variation Kitwintshilth, Kitwilluchsilt), Kitangataa Bands));
Nisga’a
Skeena (Smithers)
644.8 hectares

Contact Details:

Bertram Mercer Economic Development Manager, Nisga’a Lisims Government
(250) 633-3000
(250) 633-2367
P.O. Box 1 Gitwinksihlkw, BC, Canada V0J 3T0
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