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OUR VISION

“To lead the way for First Nations to true equality as Canadian citizens.”

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With approximately 4,900 members

Cowichan Tribes is the largest single First Nation band in British Columbia. The Khowutzun Development Corporation (KDC) was formed with the central mission “to build partnerships to develop and support enterprises, create opportunities for members to succeed in employment and business ventures, and to support Cowichan Tribes programs.”

We strive for the success of the communities we serve, through employment and training opportunities, implementing economic development ventures, preserving the rich culture and heritage of the region, and honouring the land on which we live. With a strong connection to tradition, we’re proud to  balance this respect for our culture with future-focused initiatives aimed at creating more opportunities and healthy environments for our younger generations.

Our focus

Is to foster powerful connection, abundance, and self-determination for our people through,

 our five guiding pillars.

GROWTH

We promote the continued growth and prosperity of the Cowichan Tribes by facilitating training programs and creating job opportunities within our communities. We’re here to support the economic wellbeing and resilience of our community.

QUALITY

We take pride in the work of our Cowichan Band members and strive for global recognition for the quality of our products and services. The KDC and its Group of Companies advocate for a broader appreciation of the vast talents and skills within the Cowichan Tribes.

PEOPLE

We believe that nurturing a community begins with supporting its people. The KDC acknowledges and celebrates the rich and diverse traditions of the Cowichan Tribes, and aims to uplift our people and promote the Cowichan culture beyond the communities we serve.

SUSTAINABILITY

With an ongoing focus on protecting our land and taking care of our communities, we’re leaders in adopting responsible environmental practices while fostering an economically sustainable future for Cowichan Tribes.

PARTNERSHIPS  

We want to instill confidence in our shareholders by upholding our values of respect and accountability to the highest standards, demonstrating measurable prosperity through our strategic initiatives and community impact.


GROUP OF COMPANIES

The Khowutzun Development Corporation has formed important partnerships with a broad group of companies throughout the Cowichan Valley whose values, goals, and approach align with our own. Community involvement and development is key to our collective  priorities, and together we are invested in making meaningful and lasting contributions to the communities we serve.

Through our partnerships with the Khowutzun Group of Companies, we are creating more opportunities for Indigenous Peoples, increasing representation in various workplaces and industries throughout the Cowichan Valley.

KHOWUTZUN FOREST SERVICES

Khowutzun Forestry Services provides firefighting and silviculture services to the ancestral Cowichan territory, including manual brushing and weeding, tree planting, and land clearing, helping to improve forest health and timber yields and conserving wildlife habitat. Traditionally, the Quw’utsun’ People were extensively involved in forestry. The KDC is proud to support this heritage by partnering with Khowutzun Forestry Services to create more jobs for our people within the forestry industry.

KHOWUTZUN FREEGRO TREESHELTERS

Using sustainable manufacturing processes, KFT produces an original and proven tree shelter to protect seedlings from animal browse, supporting the establishment of healthier forests. The partnership between Khowutzun Freegro Tree Shelters (KFT) and the Cowichan Tribes exemplifies First Nation leadership in environmental stewardship and innovation.

WASTAWAY

WastAway is a leader in the energy and technology industries, finding innovative and sustainable solutions to waste management and recycling problems. WastAway takes something the world doesn’t want – municipal solid waste – and converts it into usable energy in the form of electricity, feed stock in the production of biofuels, and even potting soil. Our partnership with WastAway opens the door for the development of innovative new facilities to address the waste management and energy needs of our communities. 

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COSTA CANNA

Costa Canna is a successful retail cannabis franchise with a unique focus on healing. Through a growing list of Vancouver Island locations, Costa Canna provides exceptional opportunities for growth to Indigenous communities. Costa Canna is an industry leader in job creation, knowledge transfer, community outreach programs, and developing and upholding ethical standards.

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UNITED GREENERIES

United Greeneries uses a production process that maintains respect for – and protection of – the environment, using fresh water, fertilizer made in-house, and adhering to stringent quality controls. With a shared focus on the social responsibility of protecting and improving the welfare of our people, the KDC is excited about our partnership with United Greeneries and the potential it creates for enhancing the wellness and economic prosperity of our people. 

CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

The KDC is proud to be partnered with some of BC’s leading development businesses to create infrastructure and opportunity on Cowichan Tribes’ ancestral lands. Through the creation of our Roundtable model and the strong industry partnerships that we’ve built, our dream of mutually beneficial work for our Nation and greater community became a reality. Our members are pursuing successful careers while helping to bring economic security to the Cowichan Valley, and meaningful community spaces to life.

Read more about the KDC’s recent project highlights:

Projects are coming soon!

Our Values

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Economic Development

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New Voices

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Sustainable Growth

Sewing Machine Operator

Khowutzun Freegro Treeshelters are looking for new staff members.

SHop Labourer & Benderman

Nucor Harris Rebar – Nanaimo, BC, Canada, – Shop Full Time

AutoCAD Drafter/Detailer

Nucor Harris Rebar – Nanaimo, BC, Canada, – Shop Full Time

Oil & Gas Security Guard

Looking for security professionals open to travel for an industrial project

Security Guard Training

If you’re looking for a career in security and public safety, get started with the Basic Security Certification! Sponsorship available.

Ironworkers

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RODWORKERS

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Safety Officer, Contract Administrator, & Engineering

Khowutzun Forest Services is looking to add one full time employee to their team

Ironworker Apprentice Enhancement Course

Nucor Harris Rebar invites you to take part in our 2-week in-house intensive bootcamp where you’ll learn about construction safety, tools of the trade, and prepare you for your role as an Ironworker Apprentice.

Cowichan Creates is an online directory connecting artisans, entrepreneurs, contractors, and businesses from the communities of the Cowichan Tribes to clients and buyers in the Cowichan Valley and beyond. This resource was created by the Khowutzun Development Corporation to highlight and celebrate the diverse talent within our communities, and increase exposure for Cowichan entrepreneurs, artists and service providers.

LATEST NEWS


 

Cowichan District Hospital Replacement Project

The Project will result in the design, construction, commissioning, and activation of a new hospital…


 

KDC final update for members january 2022

Khowutzun Development Corporation
2021 Year in Review