This will only take about 15 minutes to complete and then you'll earn a coffee card!

Let's think about land and marine use planning within the core and traditional territory of Cowichan Tribes in times past, present and future.

Where have we come from and how do we plan, build and protect Tumuhw for future generations?


Your participation in this survey is important and will help to shape how we manage Tumuhw and the marine environment.


We want to hear your thoughts and ideas on land and marine related issues that impact the environment, Tumuhw and Quw'utsun Mustimuhw.

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* 1. Please check all that apply. I own land:

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* 2. My family traditional village area(s) include:

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* 3. I have:

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* 4. If land was available to purchase on reserve, I would be interested in the following:

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* 5. I have the following plans for my CP property on reserve:

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* 6. Revenue generated by members with a Certificate of Possession should be taxed and shared with all mustimuhw.

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* 7. My understanding of land use planning and development is:

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* 8. All Mustimuhw have an inherent right to live on-reserve. As such, effort should be made to acquire more land appropriate to residential use.

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* 9. "Un-Allotted" lands can be in "Claim" or can be "Community Lands held in trust". Un-Allotted lands that are "Community Lands held in trust" should be leased/rented to Mustimuhw for all land uses to maximize economic development opportunities.

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* 10. Un-Allotted/Community Band lands should be leased or rented out through the Cowichan Tribes administration to both Mustimuhw and Non-Cowichan people.

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* 11. Future development and growth on Tumuhw should include policy directions including the following:

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* 12. Clear policies are needed to guide how Cowichan Tribes acquires lands that will be added to reserve.

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* 13. Housing on reserve should include the following living arrangements or housing forms:

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* 14. Future development on Tumuhw should strive to include the following  quality of life design elements:

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* 15. Long-term planning and project funding should focus on the following areas. Please rate the following by level of importance:

  Very Important Important Neither  Not very important Not Important
Land and marine ecosystem conservation and habitat enhancement
Ensuring adequate and sufficient water and sewer infrastructure meet current needs and future population growth.
Providing community amenities, such as wellness center, parks, natural and play areas
Protection of traditional use areas and culture
Road safety, mobility and active transportation including trails, pathways, bus servicing
Creating safe and enjoyable spaces for our members and particularly our children and elders
Preparing for & adapting to climate change 
Emergency preparedness
Food Security
Environmentally sustainable and green economic development initiatives
Activities that promote community health and wellness and overall improved quality of life for Mustimuhw

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* 16. There are on-going development activities or future proposals that impact the land and marine environment that are of concern to me.

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* 17. I should have a say in how any new development looks, proposes to use, or impacts either Tumuhw (land) or my quality of life.

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* 18. Over the past 3 years, my family and I have been directly impacted by the following climate change issues:

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* 19. Living in the floodplain comes with risks. If there was an alternative land arrangement in place, I would be interested in the following:

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* 20. My concerns with climate change, recent flooding, fires or other impacts include the following:

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* 21. For long term community safety and financial implications, Cowichan Tribes government should focus on acquisition of land, servicing and development of land outside of the floodplain.

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* 22. Decision-making regarding land use on Tumuhw should consider Snuw'uy'ulh (Elders' Teachings) such as:

Hiiye'yutul tst 'u to' mukw' stem 'i'u tun'a tumuhw
Everything in nature is part of our family - we are all relatives

Hwial'asmut tu tumuhw
Take care of the earth and take only what you need



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* 23. The following land uses should be supported in the floodplain environment:

  Strongly Disagree Somewhat Disagree I don't know Agree Strongly Agree
Natural open space areas for hunting, gathering or cultural use
Expansion of infrastructure to support more growth in floodplain
Community recreation and cultural use such as sports fields, smokehouse, park, (seasonal)
Eco-Tourism such as canoe/kayak tours, interpretive opportunities, camping, Seasonal hospitality, eco lodge etc.
Farming and food production
Harvesting traditional foods
Residential development - ie) houses, apartments, townhouses
Commercial use- grocery store, coffee shop, hardware store
Industrial use- sewerage treatment, waste disposal, manufacturing
Institutional use- hospital, wellness center, schools

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* 24. Now that we operate under the Quw'utsun Tumuhw (Land Code), new laws, policy direction and planning should focus on protection of Tumuhw (land) by using the following tools:

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* 25. The following food-related issues affect me personally

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* 26. Traditional foods are essential to my personal physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural well-being:

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* 27. Traditional foods and medicines that I wish I had access to include:

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* 28. I am interested in sharing knowledge or learning more about traditional foods, hunting, gathering and protecting our native ecosystems and tumuhw.

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* 29. I do not have access to my favourite marine-based foods:

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* 30. I have concerns about the marine territory and our traditional beach harvest due to the following land-based human activities:

  Very concerned Somewhat concerned Concerned Not too concerned Not concerned at all
Beach erosion from shoreline armouring (rip rap and seawalls)
Anchored ships bringing in invasive species, noise and other impacts
Marinas and docks shading the shoreline and adding boater traffic, mooring and live aboards
Impacts from sewerage outfall and leaky septic fields in the estuary and marine environment
Log booms impacts on species in the estuary
Beach litter and debris
Shoreline and beach erosion due to development
Loss of access to the marine environment
Removal of vegetation leading to erosion
Highway and road runoff and other pollutants entering the estuary/marine environment
Loss of habitat and species diversity

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* 31. Over half of Quw'utsun mustimuhw walk as their primary form of getting around. Please rate following mobility needs:

  Strongly agree Somewhat agree Agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Improve overall safety of pathways, roadside shoulders and sidewalks for getting to work and school
Trails and sidewalks should be made to link to key destinations like work, school and services
Street lights, open visibility and crime prevention should be required in the sidewalk/pathway system design
Ensure design that supports elders, youth and children as well as baby strollers and wheelchairs
Support cycling and roll-able options such as e-bikes, scooters, strollers, etc.
Improve transit services to be more frequent and access more places
Explore alternative means of transportation such s light rail, cable car, or other as a business opportunity
Invest in business opportunities that improves mobility and quality of life for Mustimuhw 

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* 32. The following community amenities would be beneficial to mustimuhw.

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* 33. Currently all tree and vegetation is protected under the Quw'utsun Tumuhw. Please rate the following:

  Strongly Agree Agree No opinion Somewhat disagree Strongly Disagree
We need aTree Protection and Management Law that allows for removal and replacement of small numbers of trees vs. timber harvesting.
It's okay to remove 3-4 trees as long as the same number are replanted.
The Timber Harvesting process should apply to more than 4 trees being removed and be approved by the Land Investigation Committee upon review of a Timber Harvest Plan.

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* 34. Community safety and wellness is a concern. Please rank the level of importance of the following safety concerns:

  Strongly Agree Agree Somewhat Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree
Enforcement of Dogs off Leash
Lighting and street safety
Community Health & Wellness Campus
More support and a center for addictions and rehabilitation
Employment and skills fairs for youth and adults
Increased enforcement and support for overall safety and well-being of Mustimuhw
Fund and support volunteer/non-profit initiatives that are community derived to solve safety challenges ie) Search and Rescue, Youth Leadership, Skill development organizations etc.
Improve programs for members to help build community, develop skills and common values

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* 35. My age is

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* 36. Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

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* 37. Please fill out your contact information below so that we can keep you informed and provide you with a gift card for completing this survey.

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