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.⁠⁠ Given that Cowichan’s history goes back over 5,000 years, it’s safe to say there is much history and culture in this neck of the woods.

Cowichan Tribes, with over 5,300 members is the largest single First Nation band in British Columbia. They 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. For more information on bringing Hul’q’umi’num to life through art and storytelling in our local schools, check out this video.


The legacy of the Cowichan, or Quw’utsun’, First Nations makes up a significant amount of the cultural tapestry here, as evidenced in local totem poles, carvings, and in the designs of the world famous Cowichan sweaters. Cowichan Tribes hosts a list on their website of active knitters, carvers, jewelers, painters, and weavers who sell their arts and crafts.

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