Shhweenustham 'u tu Quw'utsun Hwulmuhw
The People of the Warm Land Welcome You

With 4,900+ members, we are the largest single First Nation Band in British Columbia.

Our ‘warm land’ is located in the beautiful Cowichan Valley region on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Learn about our history and culture, find out about the wide range of member services and check out the exciting projects and initiatives we have underway.


Notice to tobacco tax applicants

For security reasons, we will not process applications that have not been signed with a pen, when received by fax or email.

For more information, contact the tobacco tax team @ 236-800-4023 or tobtax(at)


Quw'utsun Smuneem Elementary School missed the newsletter deadline.
Here is the November 2019 submission

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Update on the name contest for Membership Rules Amendment!

Lorretta (Edna) Thomas is the winner with Shtunni's tu Hwulmuhw (Where the First Nations come from).



Tse'wulhtun Health has updated Bursaries, for details see:

Scholarships Grants Bursaries


Day School update

Cindy has an additional day in office hours

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The 2019 Cowichan Tribes Tobacco Tax team will begin processing Tobacco Tax applications on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

We will be initiating a new electronic application this year.  The paperless application is quicker and easier for all members.  So we are encouraging applicants to come on into the membership office and apply.

For out of town members the application will be posted on the Cowichan Tribes website.

If you have direct deposit, please ensure that you have your banking information updated.

The deadline for all applications is Friday, November 22, 2019.  The distribution is on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at the Si'em Lelum Hall.

Policy & Procedure

2019 Application


Tl'uqtinus Press Release




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Cowichan Tribes in the News

March 22, 2018

Cowichan Tribes and BC SPCA are committed to improving animal welfare education and bylaws

Cowichan Tribes, the BC SPCA, and RCMP met on March 15, 2018 to discuss “Teddy” who was a severely neglected dog seized by the BC SPCA on February 16, 2018. The meeting’s agenda was about moving forward for solutions to prevent neglect to animals or pets in the future. Chief William Seymour speaking on the incident says “It is unfortunate what the poor dog went through, and we hope with greater education on proper treatment, and how to identify and report an animal in need of care, we can prevent cases like this in the future”. “Teddy” was unknown to the Cowichan Tribes Bylaw Officer or to the BC SPCA until he was reported and discovered on February 16.

December 7, 2017

COWICHAN VALLEY, BC – Chief William (Chip) Seymour of Cowichan Tribes, His Worship Mayor Phil Kent, His Worship Mayor Jon Lefebure, and Board of Education Chair Candace Spilsbury have released the following statement regarding racism in the Cowichan Valley:

“Yesterday afternoon, we met to discuss the growing conversation and concern about racism in our diverse community.

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