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.

Land Code News

Second Ratification Vote
April 10, 2018
Cowichan Tribes Council approved a second vote at the Chief and Council meeting held on April 10, 2017.  
Land Code Finalized
March 15, 2017
Cowichan Tribes completes the Quw'utsun Tumuwh (Land Code) for membership review before the ratification vote.  
Process Amendment
August 4, 2016
Cowichan Tribes makes procedural amendments to the community ratification process.
Voting Results
are In
June 23, 2017
Cowichan Tribes needed a minimum of 737 eligible voters to vote, and 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
Cowichan Tribes sets procedure of how community will decide whether to approve the Land Code.  
Individual Agreement Signed
May 30, 2017
Cowichan Tribes signs an Individual Agreement with the Federal Government regarding transferring management of lands.  
Community Meeting Q&A
November 21, 2016
Cowichan Tribes compiles questions and answers from Quw'utsun Tumuhw Community Meeting held November 2016.