local first nations

With a wonderfully rich culture, these three local groups are very important to the Cowichan Valley.

Chemainus First Nations Groups

First nations groups have always been a big part in the development culture of Chemainus. The town name is even conceived directly from lore and legend of a First Nations tribe. With great honour we share the land and water with such beautifully diverse cultures.

The following are the three first nations tribes in the Chemainus area:

Stz’uminus First Nation #641 

Pronounced: Stu-zu-minus
OYSTER DISTRICT | Lands: 1138 hectars Government of Canada Profile
12611-A TRANS CANADA HIGHWAY, LADYSMITH, BC V9G 1M5 | 250.245.7155

Penelakut Tribe #650

Pronounced: Pen-e-la-kut
PENELAKUT ISLAND | Lands: 556.7 hectares Government of Canada Profile
PO BOX 360, CHEMAINUS, BC V0R 1K0 | 250.246.2321

Halalt #645

CHEMAINUS DISTRICT | Lands: 109.2 hectares  Government of Canada Profile
7973 CHEMAINUS ROAD, RR 5, CHEMAINUS, BC V0R 1K5 | 250.246.4736