Community Description

The Lake Cowichan First Nation government and reserve is located in Lake Cowichan, British Columbia. The Lake Cowichan First Nation, while its own distinct group, is closely linked to the peoples of the Cowichan Tribes band government, and is part of the Hul'qumi'num linguistic group. The Lake Cowichan people have used a wide range of resources throughout their traditional territory, encompassing the land surrounding Cowichan Lake, inland along the creeks entering the lake, the small lakes in the vicinity, and the uppermost portion of Cowichan River. Historic sources clearly indicate that family territories were owned and defended.

Treaty or Tribal Association

Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group

Economic Development Background

The Lake Cowichan First Nation embarked upon an ambitious journey when it made the decision to adopt a community-based approach to developing its 5-Year Economic Development Strategic Plan. It did so because the community members and its Chief and Council were ready to embrace change. The community recognized the economic development potential of its lands and resources, and of its location and wishes to capitalize on the opportunities that exist.

Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures

Lake Cowichan First Nation is involved in two Forestry Agreements with the Provincial Government.

Community Details:

Vancouver Island & Coast
Cowichan Lake
Variation Lake Cowichan; Formerly Cowichan Lake; Traditional Name Kaatza Meaning "Big Lake"
West Coast (Nanaimo)
42.7 hectares

Contact Details:

Chief Cyril Livingstone Chief
(250) 749-3301
(250) 749-4286
313B Deer Road Lake Cowichan, BC, Canada V0R 2G0
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