As with most First Nations, the Elders hold a special place in Cowichan society. The Elders Program ensures that the Elders are well cared for and provided with the right environment to carry out their responsibilities to the community.
Open net fish farms have been operating for 30 years in Musgamagw-Dzawada’enuxv, Mamalilikulla, Nam’gis, and Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis territory without their consent. Over the same time period, wild salmon populations that spawn and migrate through this region have begun to collapse.
The Unist’ot’en Camp is located on the Wedzin Kwah (Morice River), near Houston, BC. Energy companies including Chevron and TransCanada are aiming to push fracked gas (LNG) pipelines through Unist’ot’en territory without their consent. The Unist’ot’en homestead is not a protest or a demonstration—the clan is occupying and using their traditional territory as they have for centuries. They are protecting and utilizing their hunting, trapping, fishing, and plant gathering territories to ensure that future generations will also have the opportunity to live close to the land.