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

With 5,500+ 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.

Effective, April 12, 2023, staff, contractors, citizens, and clients are no longer required to wear masks. Cowichan Tribes buildings are now operating as mask-friendly sites and each individual’s decision to wear or not wear a mask will be respected.

Ts'ewulhtun Health Centre adheres to applicable Provincial Health Officer masking requirements for health care settings.

Community Updates

Stsi’elh stuhw’ew’t-hw tun Smun’eem Board of Directors - Deadline May 6, 2024

April 15, 2024

We are honoured to formally announce our open call for applicants to serve on our Stsi’elh stuhw’ew’t-hw tun Smun’eem Board of Directors.  We commit to our children and families that we honour our responsibility to creating a board that is diverse in its composition, inclusive of our Cowichan Tribes culture, and equity-focused in its approach to how it views its mission, its work, and our nation which we serve.  Click here for the Candidate Board Package and Application.


Cowichan Tribes is seeking 5 to 9 Board of Directors for STSI’ ELH STUHW TU SMUN’EEM’ – Honouring Our Sacred Families and Children agency.  Chief and Council have approved the recruitment and selection committee process to form this new Board and will have the continued authority to appoint and replace Board Members as required.  First preference will be given to qualified Cowichan Citizens on or off our Tribal Lands.

The Board of Directors will be responsible for the governance and financial oversight for the delivery of child and family support under Snuw’uy’ulhtst tu Quw’utsun Mustimuhw u’tu Shhw’a’luqwa’a’i’ Smun’eem (our “Law”).

Our Law and all Regulations and Policies will be enacted in the Fall of 2024 when Cowichan Tribes takes back full jurisdiction over Child and Family matters. The Board will undertake the responsibility of creating a development plan as well as the immediate recruitment of a Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) who will be responsible for the day-to-day oversight of Stis’elh stuhw tu Smun’eem. The development of a Strategic Plan will follow.

The following areas of expertise and experience are needed:

¨       Finance, accounting and budgeting experience for large budgets

¨       Investment experience

¨       Policy skills

¨       Strategic Planning

¨       Human Resources

¨       Administration

¨       Leadership or Chair experience

¨       Child Welfare related experience

¨       Cowichan Tribes Hul’q’umi’num’ language, sound knowledge, and understanding of Cowichan values, traditions and beliefs

If this interests you, please contact for an Application or CLICK HERE

The completed Application, along with your Resume, current Criminal Record Check, and 3 references is required.  Please return your completed Application Package to

Closing Date: May 6, 2024 at 4:00 pm.

Save the Date! 

Chief & Council Election 2024

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Toxic Drug Supply

Opioid Crisis Response

Private, at-home Narcan (naloxone) training is now available to all members. Please call the Outreach Team to book a confidential, free training visit at your home:

250-732-4326 (Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm).

We are asking ALL members to have Narcan in your household and know how to use it. Narcan is a safe, life-saving drug that can reverse an overdose.

You can also drop by Ts'ewulhtun Health Centre to pick up Narcan and book a private training session. Narcan is also free at pharmacies with your status card.

For help with addiction, treatment, and supports, please contact:

- Sa'qw'thut Culturally-Grounded Treatment Program: (250) 732-3487

- Kwun'atsustul's Treatment Coordinator: (250) 732-6055, or message on Facebook: Kwun'atsustul Treatment | Facebook

- or visit:

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Summer Student Opportunities

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For Quw'utsun Employment & Training Summer Student Opportunities, 


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Employment Opportunities



COVID-19 Continues to Circulate

We are reminding our citizens and staff that COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community and elsewhere.  Please do not attend family or community events if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms. 

If you are feeling unwell, please test for COVID-19 ASAP. Rapid tests kits are available for free at Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre and local pharmacies.

If you have travelled, taken a plane or used another mode of transportation with confined spaces, attended a large event indoors, or been in close contact with anyone that has COVID-19, please monitor yourself closely for symptoms for up to 10 days. Elders, those with pre-existing health conditions, and those whose vaccines are not up-to-date are at higher risk.

If you have COVID-19

  • Treatments are available for people at high risk from COVID-19 who tested positive for COVID-19 by PCR or rapid antigen test. To find out if you may benefit from treatment and how to get the treatment, please call 1-888-268-4319 (Monday-Friday 7am-7pm) or visit: Treatments are only effective within a few days of symptoms starting. Please test early.
  • Stay home and away from others until your fever is gone (without the use of medicines that reduce fever, like Tylenol) and you feel well enough to participate in daily activities.
  • Avoid close contact with others, especially people at higher risk of severe illness or complications from COVID-19.
  • If you cannot avoid close contact with others, take preventative measures, including wearing a mask and washing your hands regularly.

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:

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Get Covid-19 Vaccines & Boosters

Call 1-833-838-2323 or visit:

Addiction & Toxic Drugs

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 Addictions & Toxic Drugs Supports & Resources page for info on overdose prevention and where to get help.


Digital Newsletter   April 2024

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Spring/Summer 2024 Department Guide

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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

February & March 2024

Lake Cowichan Weir Funding