Cowichan Tribes represents the largest First Nation in British Columbia with over 4,900 members. The demographic consists of a relatively young community, with a large percentage of the population under the age of 35 and nearly half of the members living on reserve. Their core traditional territory spans 900,000 acres on Vancouver Island and they have seven traditional villages: Kw’amutsun, Qwum’yiqun’, Hwulqwselu, S’amuna’, L’uml’umuluts, Hinupsum, and Tl’ulpalus.
Cowichan Tribes are governed by a Chief and Council of 12, which guide a variety of member services such as Children and Families, Community Justice, Culture and Education, Emergency Preparedness, Fisheries, Health, Human Resources, Indian Registry and Band Membership, Housing, Lands, Operations and Maintenance, Social Development, Tobacco Tax, ‘Tsetsuw’ Suwa’lum’ Games and Youth Services.
Cowichan Tribes is a thriving community that is breaking new ground in areas such as treaty processes, economic development, local employment and self-determination. They are one of the few First Nations that are currently in Stage 5 of a treaty process with their Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group. The Nation owns and operates the Khowutzun Development Corporation (KDC) group of companies, which includes the Khowutzun Forest Services Limited Partnership (KFCLP). With more than 800 employees, KDC is one of the single largest employers in the region.
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