New Aiyansh Village

Language: Nisg̱a’a
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Historically known as: Gitlaxt’aamiks , Gitlakdamiks, Gitlardamiks, Kitlakdamix

Contact Information:
New Aiyansh Village Government
PO Box 233
New Aiyansh, BC
V0J 1A0
ph. (250) 633-3100
fx. (250) 633-2271

New Aiyansh is the capital of the Nisg̱a’a A Nation and one of four Nisg̱a’a communities. New Aiyansh is located 97 kilometres northwest of Terrace, British Columbia and is home to approximately 1,800 residents. New Aiyansh offers rich cultural history, natural beauty, and a central location for exploring Nisga’a Lands.

Language Information

Fluent Speakers: 100 1
Understand or Speak Somewhat: 100 1
Learning Speakers: 90 1

Community Information

Population: 1400 1

Gitlaxt’aamiks was a large and ancient village on the north bank of the Nass River on the edge of the historic Grease Trail. In 1883, a missionary established a Christian village about six kilometers downriver. There, Nisga’a craftsmen built a large village complete with Victorian style houses, a church, community hall, school, sawmill, and its own printing press. They called this new village Aiyansh (Fertile Valley). After a series of floods, the people of Aiyansh finally moved to higher ground on the other side of the river and established New Aiyansh. It was here, after seeking a settlement for 113 years, Nisga’a negotiators signed British Columbia’s first modern treaty, the Nisga’a Final Agreement.

A Remarkable Destination

New Aiyansh offers an ideal launching point for discovery of Nisga’a Lands and culture. In 1977, the “Unity Pole” was raised here—the first new pts’aan (totem pole) in the Nass Valley in a century. It signaled a rebirth of Nisga’a art, culture, and language, as well as a renewed commitment to securing a fair and equitable treaty. Today, the Nisga’a Final Agreement is secure and signs of renewal reverberate throughout the Nisga’a Lands.

New Aiyansh is situated on the edge of Anhluut’ukwsim Laxmihl Angwinga’asanskwhl (Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park), the site of Canada’s last volcanic eruption. Sport fishing, back country recreation, and cultural tours are available (in season). Visitors from around the world come to experience Wilp Si’ayuukhl Nisga’a, the legislative assembly of Nisga’a Lisims Government.

Local stores serve the community and Bed & Breakfast accommodation is available in New Aiyansh and other Nisga’a villages. Nisga’a Highway 113 paves the way for ease of access to New Aiyansh and the rest of the Nass Valley2


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Wikipedia entry:

Footnotes / References
1. Nisga'a Ts'amiks Vancouver Society (2014), Language Needs Assessment #3389
2. All text in this section on "Community Information" was copied from the Nisg̱a’a Lisims Government website:

Audio Clip References
A. Nisg̱a’a - K’eex̱kw (Morven, Herbert) (2008, May 28). Interview with Herbert Morven.