Green Party Candidate for

Lydia Hwitsum is a citizen of the Cowichan Nation located in Duncan on Vancouver Island where she previously served four two-year terms as the elected Chief of the Cowichan Tribes.


She has advocated for indigenous and human rights locally, nationally and internationally.  She has presented at the United Nations Permanent Forum on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and at the Organization of American States Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​“That’s what she does, she looks after people.”

- Jared Qwustenuxun Williams on why he is voting for Lydia Hwitsum


"I have known Lydia Hwitsum since I first served with her on The Cowichan Watershed Board ten years ago. Her vision in imagining what the Cowichan Watershed Board could be, and her leadership as its founding Co-Chair, was inspiring. It shows how bringing people of diverse backgrounds and cultures together could create positive change for the benefit of all people and species that share the entire Cowichan region.

I believe that the skills and abilities that Lydia has demonstrated as a former Chief, and leader of BC’s largest First Nation, and her ability to build highly effective partnerships will serve her, and us, well when she goes to Ottawa as Cowichan-Malahat-Langford’s next Member of Parliament."


- David Slade

Partner - Drillwell Enterprises

Chair - Mill Bay Fire Department

Vice-Chair - Cobble Hill Advisory Planning Commission

Member - Cowichan Watershed Board

Well Driller

Mediocre Farmer



"Lydia Hwitsum has my vote for several reasons, in no particular order:

1. She’s a woman and we need more women in politics,

2. Her party is led by a woman and we need more women in politics,

3. She’s proven her leadership skills as Chief of Cowichan Tribes for eight years,,

4. She’s educated,

5. Her collaborative, consultative style plays well with me as I imagine it does with others,

6. She wears her heritage with pride, (as we all must, whatever that heritage may be)"

- Marilyn Palmer, Architect, AIBC, AAA(ret), RAIC, LEED AP, MLAI


"There is no one better qualified to be our MP.  Canada needs Lydia Hwitsum."

- Sonia Furstenau, Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for Cowichan Valley


Canadians in this election, more than ever, can vote from hope and from conviction, not from fear.

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