History of the Cowichan People

We have owned and occupied our territory for thousands of years.

Archaeological evidence dates our existence as far back as 4,500 years, but our historical memory says that we have been here since time immemorial.

While we have evolved into a modern society, many of our cultural practices and traditions have been carried on for generations, and are still woven into our culture today.

Read about our Origins, Pre-European Contact, Colonisation and Modern Society

We are the Hul’q’umi’num people which means people who speak the Hul’q’umi’num language, and are a part of a larger first nations group referred to as the Coast Salish People.