The five hamlets, distributed over three floors, are named for local flora and fauna that have had traditional significance for the Cowichan Tribe, and are arranged as water, land, and sky. The first-floor hamlet is called “Salmon”, the second-floor hamlets are called “Snowberry” and “Camus”, and the third-floor hamlets are call “Swan” and “Heron”. The signage for each of the hamlets is written in the Hul’q’umi’num’ language, with the English translations as sub-titles.
The Hamlets acknowledges with gratitude all the First Nations on whose traditional and unceded lands we work and provide service, in particular, the Quw’utsun people, on whose lands our Duncan care home is located.
To ensure intimate, home-like surroundings, each hamlet has its own dining space, recreation areas, and quiet room. The individual suites are tastefully decorated in soft colours with comfortable furnishings, and doorways and hallways are wide to accommodate wheelchair mobility. Residents are encouraged to bring familiar belongings and decorations to create an atmosphere that is familiar to them and to their families. The secure outdoor spaces are adjacent to a wooded area that is teeming with birds and mammals, with a view of Mount Prevost in the background. The sacred space and chapel, called Su-li (the Hul’q’umi’num’ word meaning “spirit” or “soul”) has additional ventilation to accommodate smudging ceremonies.