History of the Cowichan People

We have owned and occupied our territory for thousands of years. Archaeological evidence dates our existence as long ago as 4,500 years, but our historical memory says that we have been here since time immemorial.

While we have evolved into a modern society, many of our cultural practices and traditions have been carried on for generations, and are still woven into our culture today.

Read about our Origins, Pre-European Contact, Colonisation and Modern Society

Hul'qumi'num Mustimuhw

Hul’q’umi’num Mustimuhw refers to those people who speak the Hul’q’umi’num language.  We are part of a larger group of First Nations, the Coast Salish people.

Cowichan People History