Human Resources

Human Resources Dept

About Us

About Us

The Human Resources department at Cowichan Tribes is dedicated to attracting and retaining our skilled workforce and promoting a safe, healthy and harmonious workplace.

We operate as nuts’amaat shqwaluwun (people working together with one mind respectfully) guided by the teachings of our ancestors.

By incorporating Cowichan Tribes’ traditional values and beliefs, the HR department empowers staff, and supports respectful relationships between Cowichan Tribes’ employees, managers, and community members.

Current Opportunities


Contact Us

5760 Allenby Rd
Duncan, BC V9L 5J1
250.748.3196 ext. 1100
Fax: 250.715.3340

Our Work and Services

Our team works to provide the highest quality of service to staff by building on individual employee strengths.

We strive to empower all employees in their workplace by supporting managers in making decisions that impact their department; ensuring employees know and understand their rights & responsibilities as an employee; and advising all staff on HR matters.

The Human Resources department works closely with management and employees to provide a variety of services such as:

  • address and resolve employment relation concerns
  • lead the organization’s staffing and recruitment activities
  • analyze and determine compensation rates
  • ensure consistent application of the human resources policy across the various departments
  • manage and support employees through medical accommodations, and return to work agreements

To learn more about Cowichan Tribes' workplace policy, please read our Human Resources Policy.

Why Join Cowichan Tribes?

At Cowichan Tribe we operate as nuts’amaat shqaluwun, people working together with one heart, one mind and one spirit, guided by the teachings of our ancestors. We believe that each person in our community is important and that we must help one another to work together for the good of all.

We care about our employees and are committed to their development and wellbeing. Cowichan Tribes provides permanent employees with generous benefits and perks, such as:

  • attractive compensation and benefits package
  • generous paid time off
  • meaningful and interesting jobs
  • training and development opportunities

How to Apply

Cowichan Tribes is an affirmative action employer and support employment equity. Positions are filled by means of open competition where the selection is based on education, experience, job related skills and suitability. We will give first preference to individuals of Cowichan or Indigenous ancestry who possess the necessary qualifications and experience for the position.

What to consider before applying:

  • Review the job posting
  • Familiarize yourself with duties, qualification and experience required
  • Ensure you are eligible to legally work in Canada

When submitting your application:

  • Clearly state how you meet each job requirement. Remember, the screening process and selection of candidates to interview is based entirely on the information you provide in your application. For example, if a position requires 2 years' of experience working as a receptionist, your resume should indicate employment experience as a receptionist amounting to 2 years.  
  • Include the reference number and position title. Cowichan Tribes regularly has multiple open recruitments, and if you do not indicate what recruitment you are applying to we will not know what to consider you for.
  • Ensure you submit your application prior to the 4:00 P.M. deadline. Applications received past the deadline are not considered.

Different ways to apply:


  • Send your resume and cover letter in PDF or Word format to Please put the position title and reference number in the subject line. You will receive an automatic reply confirm receipt of your email. 


  • Drop off your resume and cover letter to the Human Resources Department in the Main Administration building. We are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. with a one hour lunch break from 12:00 – 1:00 P.M.


1. Do you accept a general resume at any time?

  • Yes. We accept applications for casual, on-call or temporary work for a variety of positions. See the on-call casual posting in our current opportunities for more details.

2. Do I need to submit a cover letter with my resume?

  • Yes. Applications require a cover letter, as well as a resume that highlights your experience, skills, availability and the positions you are most interested in.

3. Who should I address my cover letter to?

  • Address your cover letter to the Cowichan Tribes Human Resources Department.

4. How do I know my application has been received?

  • If you are applying via email to, you will receive an automatic reply confirming receipt of your email. If you are unsure that your application has been successfully received, you may contact Human Resources at or 250-748-3196 ext.1100.

5. Can I speak to someone about a job opportunity?

  • Yes. You are encouraged to contact Human Resources if you have any questions about any of our current opportunities at 250-748-3196 ext.1100.

Meet the Team

The Human Resources department has a small hard-working team composed of:



Responsible for

Hannah Seymour,

Director of Human Resources

Ovesight of the Human Resources Department and develops and leads the implementation of Human Resources strategies, policies, practices, programs and services for the Cowichan Tribes organization

Providing HR Advice to the following Departments:

  • Operational Leadership Team
  • Administration
  • Finance
  • Lalum’utul' Smun'eem Child and Family Service 


Stephanie Rheaume,

Lead Human Resources Advisor

Providing advice and recommendations on application of policy, organizational design, capacity development, and change management in relation to human resources specializing in the following departments:

  • Ts'ewulhtun Health Centre
  • Treaty
  • Information Systems

Bobby Debrone,

Human Resources Advisor


Providing advice and recommendations on application of policy, organizational design, capacity development, and change management in relation to human resources specializing in the following departments:

  • Quw’utsun Syuw’entst Lelum Culture and Education Centre
  • Social Development
  • Sustainable Housing 
  • Lands & Self Governance
  • Hatchery
  • Operations & Maintenance

Ellen Oxman,

Occupational Health & Ssafety Advisor


Lucy Oxman,

Human Resources Coordinator

Working with a variety of departments providing occupational health and safety support across a range of employee safety processes, policies, and programs


Assisting in planning, coordination and administrative support in full cycle recruitment, orientation services and administrative support

Lily Williams,

Human Resources Administrative Assistant


Providing a wide range of administrative support to the Human Resources team including reception, clerical, recruitment and orientation support and records management


 For general inquiries, contact us:

5760 Allenby Rd 
Duncan, BC V9L 5J1
T: 250.748.3196 ext. 1100
F: 250.715.3340