Quw’utsun Tumuhw – Cowichan Tribes Land Code

What is a Land Code?

A Land Code will be the land laws of Cowichan Reserve Lands and will replace the land management provisions of the Indian Act.

The Land Code Committee has been working with lands staff and legal counsel to develop a Cowichan Tribes Land Code.

Committee members include: Albie Charlie, John Charlie, Ernie Elliott, Larry George, Diane Modeste, Chief William Seymour & Jenn George.

How does it Work? 

  • Cowichan Tribes will develop a Land Code to replace the 34+ land management provisions of the Indian Act
  • Cowichan Tribes will enter into an Individual Agreement with Canada that describes the specifics of the transfer of administration between Canada and the Band
  • Cowichan Tribes will then need to ratify the Land Code and Individual Agreement in order to take control of our lands through a community vote

The benefits of a land code to Cowichan Tribes include enabling Cowichan to enact and enforce sound environmental management and protection laws. A Land Code will not affect any treaty rights or Aboriginal rights and we will still retain our tax exemption status.