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Cowichan Valley news and events: Find out what's happening.

Welcome to Cowichan This Week! This is your essential reading for staying connected to what’s up and what’s coming up in the Cowichan Valley. We update this page every week with current news and events. If you want to receive this information straight to your inbox, sign up for our Cowichan Valley newsletter.


News of the week

Seairra Courtemanche ties an eagle feather on a ceremonial staff held by Qwiahwultuhw (Robert George).
Jacqueline Ronson/The Discourse
  • Cowichan community members gathered at Hiiye’yu Lelum (House of Friendship) on Sep. 17 to call for action against racism. Qwiahwultuhw (Robert George) and Seairra Courtemanche planned the event after taking a group of Quw’utsun youth to Vimy Beach and finding racist graffiti there.
  • A Parents Legal Centre has opened in Duncan to help families resolve child protection issues and stay together, the Cowichan Valley Citizen reports. Also this week, the B.C. government announced the end of birth alerts, a practice that often results in the apprehension of infants from their parents into the child welfare system.
  • The Agricultural Land Commission may force the Chemainus River Campground to close and revert to agricultural status, the Chemainus Valley Courier reports
  • Voting ends Friday on Cowichan Tribes’ Land Code. The code, if adopted, would give the First Nation more control over land development. Members can vote at the Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre and online

Community events

  • Sep. 19: ⚽ North Cowichan and the Chesterfield Sports Society invite you to celebrate funding for a new field house at the Cowichan Sportsplex.
  • Sep. 20: 🌎 Hit the streets with Earth Guardians Cowichan Valley for the Global Climate Strike, beginning at City Square in Duncan. The Discourse will be there!
  • Sep. 21: 🎉 Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre and help plan for the community’s future at Think Shawnigan.
  • Sep. 21: 💡 Who said climate action can’t be fun? Check out Charged Up, a festival of climate alternatives.
  • Sep. 25: 👔 Join WorkBC for Disability Resource Day, an afternoon dedicated to supporting job seekers with diverse abilities.

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