About Cowichan Tribes

With over 4,800+ members, we are the largest single First Nation Band in British Columbia.

About half of our members live on the Reserve.  Ours is a relatively young population, with a large percentage of the population under the age of 35.

We have seven traditional villages: Kw’amutsun, Qwum’yiqun’, Hwulqwselu, S’amuna’, L’uml’umuluts, Hinupsum, Tl’ulpalus. 

We have been delegated responsibilities for a variety of member services including Children & Families, Education, Health, Housing, Membership, and Social Development.

Men at Potlatch
Cowichan Chief

Other Facts

  • Total Reserve area is currently 2,400 hectares (5,900 acres), made up of nine Reserves. 
  • Core Traditional Territory is approximately 375,000 hectares (900,000 acres). 
  • Governed by a Chief and 12 Councillors, within the framework of the Indian Act. 
  • Part of the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group. In Stage 4 (Agreement in Principle) of the Treaty Process. 
  • Delegated responsibilities in Children and Families, Education, Health, Housing, and Social Development. 
  • Own and operate Khowutzun Development Corporation (KDC) group of companies, which includes: 
    • Khowutzun Forest Services Limited Partnership (KFCLP) 
    • Quw’utsun Cultural and Conference Centre (QCCC) 
  • Collective annual revenues of over $57 million. 
  • 800+ employees – one of the single largest employers in the region.