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

With 5,300+ 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.

Check out the exciting projects and initiatives we have underway.

Cowichan Tribes Offices were pleased to re-open to the community on April 12, 2022. Please note, our mask mandate remains in effect for entering all Cowichan Tribes' buildings and attending Cowichan Tribes events

Community Updates

School Bus Registration & Routes

Custom Election Code

Community Christmas Dinner 

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2022 Tobacco Tax Applications

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2022 Tobacco Tax Office Open

The 2022 Tobacco Tax distribution amount will be $347.15 per person.

The Tobacco Tax Office is available at 8-180 Central Road, Duncan, B.C. until January 27, 2023. Applicants can park in the general parking around the Village Green Mall.

Hours of operation are 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (open during lunch!)
Quw'utsun citizens can also apply online:
If you missed the November 18, 2022 deadline for the December 7, 2022 distribution, you can still submit your 2022 Tobacco Tax forms ON OR BEFORE the following dates:  
Jan 13, 2023 Jan 20, 2023
Apr 7, 2023 Apr 14, 2023
July 7, 2023 July 14, 2023
Sept 8, 2023 Sept 15, 2023
For more information, click here.

Youth Services Now Open!

November 22, 2022

Youth Services is now located at 5408 Stotlou Road, Duncan.

We provide a safe and positive place to hang out, learn, have fun, and build friendships. This is a space for ALL youth. 

Check out our programs and hours here and watch our Cowichan Tribes Youth Services Facebook page for updates, workshops, and events. 

Cowichan Tribes Welcomes Cindy Daniels as Acting Chief Administrative Officer

October 13, 2022

Today, Chief Lydia Hwitsum announced a transition in Cowichan Tribes’ senior administration.  “Please join me in welcoming Cindy Daniels as Acting Chief Administrative Officer,” said Chief Hwitsum.  “Cindy is a highly-qualified professional and I appreciate her stepping into this role. As many of you will recall, she previously served as our General Manager between April 2017 and September 2018. She is also a well-respected member of our Quw’utsun community and has served as a long-term Councillor and as Acting Chief for several months in 2021,” added Chief Hwitsum.

Ms. Daniels has taken leave from her role on Cowichan Tribes’ Council while serving as Acting Chief Administrative Officer. “I look forward to continuing to support our nation’s important work of providing services and programs for Quw’utsun Mustimuhw, as well as working with our staff and partners to advance the many key self-governance initiatives that we are pursuing,” said Cindy Daniels.

How should we use, build on, and protect Tumuhw (land) and water for future generations?

Your participation in this survey is important and will help to shape how we manage Tumuhw and the marine environment.

We want to hear your thoughts and ideas on land and marine related issues that impact the environment, Tumuhw, and Quw'utsun Mustimuhw. Topics include: community amenities and infrastructure, mobility supports, housing types, and many more. 

Take the survey here

To support our nation’s self‐governance, Cowichan Tribes has been developing a Custom Election Code. Our Custom Election Code is based on members’ input and will outline a valid and fair process of how our leaders are selected, and how an election can be appealed, if needed.

To learn more visit

Take our survey:

As a token of our appreciation for taking the time to share your ideas, we invite you to submit your name at the end of the survey for a prize draw: a $200 VISA gift card!

On June 27, Cowichan Tribes members passed changes to the Shtunni’s tu Hwulmuhw, or Citizenship Code, with 79% of votes cast supporting the amendments.

Learn more about the vote results. 


Get Covid-19 Vaccines & Boosters

Covid-19, flu, and other vaccines are available by calling 250.715.1024 or booking online at:

You can also register to get your COVID-19 vaccine or booster at your local pharmacy. Call 1-833-838-2323 or visit:

Covid-19 & Flu Vaccine Clinics

Ts'ewultun Health Centre hosted drive thru and walk up Covid-19 & Flu vaccine clinics  on:

Tuesday, Oct 18, Wednesday, Oct 19, and Thursday, Oct 20

10 am to 4 pm

Resources if you have COVID-19

COVID-19 treatment for people with vulnerable health conditions is available: a doctor can prescribe treatment if requested within the first 5-7 days of symptoms.

For COVID-19 First Nation Health Authority (FNHA) isloation benefits, please call 1-888-305-1505.

Rapid Antigen Tests

Kits are available at Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre and local pharmacies free of charge. 

The kits include 5 rapid tests, instructions on how to use the test and how to report a positive result.

Please use these tests for when someone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19. 

Download Posters & Documents:


Opioid Crisis Response

Chief and Council have designated an Opioid Crisis Response Working Group to lead our nation’s ongoing response to the opioid overdose epidemic.

Please visit the Opioid Response Section for info on overdose prevention and where to get help.

Digital Newsletter

Employment Opportunities


Direct Deposit

                       Bus Routes for September 2022

If you are receiving payments such as Social Assistance, Living Allowance, Caregiver payments and commercial land lease distribution from Cowichan Tribes, we encourage you to sign up for the Electronic Funds Transfer.

Please email for a form to be sent to you.


Cowichan Tribes in the News

November 3-4, 2022

Proactive flood mitigation work


October 26, 2022

Changes to the BC Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCSA) and Adoption Act