Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) is the first centre of its kind in Canada. Two nations came together to celebrate and share their cultures with the world while creating meaningful employment opportunities for members of both the Sk̲wxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation, Coast Salish) and Líl̓wat7ul (Lil’wat Nation, Interior Salish) Nations. Designed to evoke the form of a Squamish Longhouse and Lil’wat Istken (earthen dwelling), the SLCC embodies the spirit of partnership between two unique Nations who wish to preserve, grow, and share their traditional cultures.

Knowledgeable Cultural Ambassadors from the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations share their cultural teachings with guests during the hourly guided tour. Offered on the hour, every hour, 10am – 4pm Tuesdays – Sundays, the guided tour experience includes:

                                         • A traditional welcome song
                                         • Fifteen minute film
                                         • Exhibit tour
                                         • Cedar-rope bracelet making activity

The gift shop and café can be accessed without paying the admission fee to the Centre – making it the perfect place in Whistler to pick up a memorable gift.

Visit our website:  www.slcc.ca

 

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K̲álk̲alilh, Cannibal woman of the mountains According to Squamish legend, na7tkwi kwekwin (there in the long ago), K̲álk̲alilh, a cannibal woman, prowled the woods outside the village waiting to feed on children who went out after dark. As the story goes, K̲álk̲alilh was eventually transformed into lice or mosquitoes and continues to enjoy the taste of children’s blood to this day. This is a common story that is shared in many different communities, each with a slightly different predator. In the Lil’wat Nation, the story is centered around Skalúla7, a giant owl. To learn more about K̲álk̲alilh / Skalúla7, join the SLCC's hourly guided What We Treasure tour, offered daily 10am - 4pm. #SLCCWhistler 📷: @loganswayzephoto . . . . . . . . . . . #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #Superculturalbc #ExploreBC #ForGlowingHearts #SupernaturalBC #beautifulBC #IndigenousBC #IndigenousCanada #Indigenous #FirstNations #Legend #GoWhistler #Whistler #CulturalCentre #Culture #History #CultureSavesLives #Bedtimestories #sweetdreams #storytelling
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Did you know wedding arches originated from Jewish matrimonial ceremonies, as canopies? Known as a Huppah (or Chuppah), the bridal canopy symbolizes a home, a garment, and a bed covering. Traditionally four-posts and a canopy with four open sides, its openness referenced the tent of biblical Abraham, who kept his tent open on all sides so that visitors knew they were welcome. Today, regardless of a couple's faith, wedding arches have become a focal point for ceremonies (and later on as backdrops for head tables😉). Most recently, circle arches have become popular and are a nod to wedding rings: the circle symbolizes commitment and eternity, another layer to the symbolic significance of a wedding arch. Pictured here is a stunning circle arch by @weddingswithbillies at @NitaLakeLodge. We can't wait to see one at our venue! #SLCCWedding 📋 : @pocketfulproductions Venue: @NitaLakeLodge 💐: @billiesflowerhouse @weddingswithbillies 📷: @pocketfulproductions . . . . . . . . . . #wedding #weddingday #weddinginspiration #weddingideas #weddingplanning #weddingdetails #engagement #engaged #justengaged #newlyengaged #realwedding #realbride #weddingplanner #weddings #whistlerwedding #whistler #seatoskywedding #whistlerweddingplanner #whistlerweddingplanners #whistlerlove #weddingadvice #weddingtips #weddingvenue #stylewedding #weddingwednesday #pnwwedding #weddingceremony #weddinggoals
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International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples Day is observed each year on August 9; we are a few days late, nevertheless we want to take this moment to acknowledge the significance of August 9 (words by @IndigenousCanada): [August 9] marks International #IndigenousPeoplesDay. Across the globe, Indigenous peoples have sought recognition of their identities, their way of life and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources for years, yet throughout history their rights have always been violated. ... we reflect and celebrate our culture, as we work towards revitalizing and maintaining our languages, traditions, and way of life. To learn more about International Indigenous Day, visit un.org/eng/events/indigenousday/ #SLCCWhistler 📷: @LoganswayzePhoto . . . . . . . . #weareindigenous #indigenousday #indigenouspeoplesday #indigenouslanguages #undrip #truthandreconciliation #culturesaveslives #culturetuesdays #reconciliation #IndigenousBC #FirstNations #SuperculturalBC #Culture #history #Salish
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Rock paintings (or pictographs) and rock carvings (or petroglyphs) were created, carved, and drawn on the surfaces of caves, cliffs and rocks by the ancestors as guide maps for the people. They illustrated events such as wars, natural disasters, mythology, and transformations. In recent years they are being researched for iteration, recursion, similitude, tiling, and symmetry. When visiting the SLCC, you may now notice that there are rock paintings welcoming guests at our main entrance, such as those pictured here. #SLCCWhistler . . . . . . . . . . . #ForGlowingHearts #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #SuperNaturalBC #BeautifulBC #ExploreBC #IndigenousBC #IndigenousCanada #Indigenous #FirstNations #SuperCulturalBC #GoWhistler #Whistler #LittlethingsWhistler #OnlyInWhistler #CulturalCentre #Culture #History #art #salish #firstnationsart #reconciliation #culturesaveslives #truthandreconciliation #Whistory #history #Painting #pictograph #petroglyph

Directions

 The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is located in the Upper Village at 4584 Blackcomb Way.

Limited parking is available onsite; additional parking is available along Blackcomb Way and in the Day Lots.

From Vancouver:
Take Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 from Vancouver
Take BC-99N and follow to Lorimer Rd in Whistler
Turn right on to Lorimer Rd and follow to Blackcomb Way - turn right.


Hours and Dates of Operation

Winter Hours (October 15 – April 15): Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm (closed Mondays)

Thunderbird Café open 10am – 4pm

Gift Shop open 10am – 5pm

Summer Hours (April 16 – October 13): Daily 10am – 5pm

Thunderbird Café open 10am – 4pm

Gift Shop open 10am – 5pm
 


Contact

Phone: 1-866-441-7522
Website:  slcc.ca
Address: 4584 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC Canada V0N 1B4

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