‘aa, sii’em tth’ihwum ‘i’ nuw’i’lum tseep. Ts’iit tst tse’ tthu hwuhwilmuhw mustimuhw, t’atulh mustimuhw ‘i ‘u tun’a’ tumuhws. Nilh tthu shni’s tthu s’aalh skwoulew’ t-hw ni’ ‘u tthu tumuhws tthu S’amuna ,Quw’utsun, Kwa’mutsun, Xwulqw’selu, , Xulelthw, Me’ luxulh, Puneluxutth’, Leeyqsun, Ts’uubaa-asatx, Stz’uminus.
Welcome respected friends. We acknowledge that for thousands of years the Quw'utsun, Malahat, Ts'uubaa-asatx, Halalt, Penelakut, Stz'uminus, & Lyackson Peoples have walked gently on the traditional territories where we now live, work, and learn.
The Rock Cod recognizes, and gives deep thanks, that we work, live, play, and camp on the traditional lands and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples.
"Our traditional territory is the geographic area occupied by our ancestors for community, social, economic, and spiritual purposes. We have never given up title on this land, nor have we ever been compensated for it. Our ancestors traveled widely throughout the Coast Salish area for fishing, hunting, visiting family, etc. Cowichan's annually fished the Fraser River, as far away as Yale, and in fact, Lulu Island - now the site of Vancouver International Airport - was our traditional summer base camp. We traveled all over the southern half of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and as far south as Sumas and Nooksak in Washington State. Hul'qumi'num place names densely blanket our traditional territory. Each name was chosen to reflect the significance of the site and today provide the key to the rich history and extensive knowledge of the land and resources owned by the Hul'qumi'num people. Our core traditional territory - the area under discussion through the Treaty process - does not extend quite this far but does encompass the territory we used regularly in our day-to-day activities."
Traditional Territory of the Cowichan People
We Stand With
Judging a person does not define who they are. It defines who you are.
EVERY CHILD MATTERS
In honour of the 215 Indigenous children found buried on residential school grounds in Kamloops. We mourn the loss of these children, their stories, and their contributions to Indigenous communities in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory and beyond. We acknowledge the acts of genocide that resulted in thousands of other Indigenous children who never made it home from residential schools. The legacy of residential schools still walks among us.