Land Code - Quw'utsun Tumuhw 

Land Management under the Indian Act of 1867:

  • Under the Indian Act First Nations are considered wards of the state, not government
  • The Indian Act gives The Government of Canada the authority to legislate all matters concerning "Indians" and "lands reserved for Indians"
  • The Indian Act was legislated without involvement, consultation or consent of Cowichan yet controls so many aspects of Cowichan and other First Nations
  • The Indian Act continues to be an obstacle to Cowichan Tribes achieving economic self-sufficiency and sustainability.

The shortcomings of the Indian Act laid the foundation for the Framework Agreement.

Our Land Code was created and is being drafted by: Cowichan Tribes, members, Elders, Lands Advisory Board and the Land Code committee. Cowichan Tribes members will now be asked to vote on these documents.

Although land management is complex, the vote does come down to one simple question: Do you want Cowichan Tribes, as a community, to manage its own lands under Land Code?

We are asking members both on- and off-reserve to be informed, ask questions, update your contact information and spread the word to friends and family. Visit Land Code at a Glance for more resources!


Contact Information

Ken Michel
Land Code Coordinator
Lulumexun (Lands & Governance), Cowichan Tribes
5760 Allenby Road
Duncan BC V9L 5J1

Phone: 236-800-4023

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Quw'utsun Tumuhw Land Code Open House.


Important Documents

Our Land Code
Individual Agreement Summary 

Land Code News

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Updates - September 2018
August 30, 2018 
Check out what the Land Code Team has been up to these past few months. 
Second Ratification Vote
April 10, 2018
Council approved a second vote at the Chief and Council meeting held on April 10, 2017.  
Land Code Final Review
March 15, 2017
Quw'utsun Tumuwh (Land Code) for membership review before the ratification vote.  
Community Meeting Q&A
November 21, 2016
Questions and answers from Land Code Community Meeting held November 2016.  
Spring Survey Results
June 22, 2018
Check out what members' view on the Land Code process so far. 
Voting Results Are In!
June 23, 2017
A minimum of 737 eligible voters were needed and we were short with only 705 voters casting ballots.  
Land Code Amendments
March 16, 2017
Minor changes such as spelling, punctuation and phrasing that do not change the meaning of the Land Code were made.  
Ratification Procedure
July 27, 2016
The procedure of how community members will decide whether to approve the Land Code.  
Open House - Q&A
June 13, 2018
Questions and answers from the Land Code Open House held June 2018.
Individual Agreement 
May 30, 2017
Signed Individual Agreement with the Federal Government regarding transferring management of lands.  
Process Amendment
August 4, 2016
Procedural amendments to the community ratification process.
Fact Sheet and Q&A
May 31, 2016
General information and a complied list of re-occurring questions we have had to date.