We respectfully acknowledge that we live, work and play on the unceded and traditional territory of the Quw’utsun, Malahat, Ts’uubaa-asatx, Halalt, Penelakut, Stz’uminus, Lyackson, Pauquachin, Ditidaht & Pacheedaht Peoples.
Many of the First Nations communities in the Cowichan region are Hul’q’umi’num peoples, who speak the Hul’q’umi’num language, within a larger First Nations group referred to as the Coast Salish People. Additionally, there are two First Nations part of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth peoples who speak Ditidaht.
‘Uy’ kw’unus ‘i lumnamu
“It is good to see you” – most Indigenous communities in the Cowichan region speak a dialect of Hul’qumi’num.
Made carefully with warmth and love by a group of dedicated knitters here in Cowichan – the iconic Cowichan Sweater is wooly and thick, often featuring classis Coast Salish motifs seen on totem poles like bears, ravens, thunderbirds and whales.
This local landmark originally named “Shkewetsen” (“warming in the sun”) by the local people was renamed after Quamichan Chief Ts’uwxilum who was banished to the mountain by his own people.
44 hand-carved and colourfully painted totem poles are spread throughout downtown Duncan. Typically carved from red cedar, these totem poles hold great cultural significance and each tells a compelling story.
Each First Nations community in Cowichan offers different things such as browsing traditional art and culture, or enjoying unspoilt lands.