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.

For more Information Contact 

Candace Charlie
Referrals & Land Code Technician
Lands & Governance, Cowichan Tribes
5760 Allenby Road
Duncan BC V9L 5J1

Ph 250-748-3196

Land Code Voting Dates

Advance Polling
Monday March 20, 2017
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Siem Lelum Gym
Tuesday March 21, 2017
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Siem Lelum Gym
Regular Polling
Monday April 10, 2017
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Siem Lelum Gym
Tuesday April 11, 2017
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Siem Lelum Gym
Electronic Voting
Monday February 6, 2017  9:00 am
Tuesday April 11, 2017  8:00 pm

Register electronically to Vote here