The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) is a regional district in the province of British Columbia, Canada. On November 9th, 1965 the Regional District of the North Okanagan was incorporated. The RDNO area is roughly Vernon and area E to the Monashee Mountains.
"Origin Notes and History: [Okanagan Name]
At least forty-seven different spellings of this name have been found, beginning with Lewis and Clark's "Otchenaukane" in 1805 and David Thompson's "Ookanawgan" in 1811. Sometimes there seem to be just about as many theories as to the derivation of the name. One of the more likely explanations is that the name comes from "kana" meaning "the place of," and "gan" meaning "water" or "lake". Another is that Okanagan comes from "au-wuk-ane" meaning "men with short hair." The former theory is supported by Professor Boas, the latter by Chief Pierre Louis. Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973."
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