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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Cassandra is of the Lil’wat Nation and she graduated the AYA Program in 2018. Cassandra grew up in Xét’olacw, a village in the Lil’wat Nation, where she attended Xét’olacw Community School and has memories of practicing traditional songs and dances in the school gym after lunch. In High School Cassandra learnt how to sing Pow-wow style and was a member of the drum group 379, travelling to many pow-wows with them to perform and participate. Cassandra’s Grandma Gloria is her inspiration because she speaks Ucwalmícwts every day; this inspiration drives her to work at the SLCC to breakdown stereotypes of Indigenous peoples. Cassandra’s future goal is to travel to Paris, France, and to express herself as an artist, something she dabbled in while working on the Regalia Project. Cassandra is photographed with the regalia that she helped to create for the Spo7ez Regalia Project in 2017. Learn more about Cassandra's story and her colleagues during AMBASSADORS final month on display, closing in March #SLCCWhistler 📷: @loganswayzephoto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #Worklove #IndigenousBrilliance #Destitnationindigenous #IndigenousBC #IndigenousCanada #Indigenous #FirstNations #Lilwat #CulturalCentre #Culture #FirstNationsArt #Culturesaveslives
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Pink Shirt Day - when we exchange our uniforms for shirts from our gift shop that encourage everyone to stand up against bullying! #pinkshirtday #respect 👊 #slccwhistler
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In January our team began recording Songs From Our Nations Volume 3. The overall goal of the CD project is to identify traditional Squamish and Lil’wat songs not yet recorded, then produce and record these songs. The key objectives are to assist in fostering Skwxwu7mesh Snichim and Ucwalmicwts reclamation efforts, connect nation members to language and culture, and promote healing through the celebration of song, drumming and language use. These images are of SLCC’s Lil’wat and Squamish Ambassadors, respectively, recording at @monarchstudios in Vancouver. Lil’wat recorded on the first day, and Squamish recorded the second day. Both days, the team played Super Mario Brothers during their down time on Monarch Studio’s lounge tv - memories were made while culture was reclaimed. 👊🎙🎵 #slccwhistler
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Calvina is of the Lil’wat and Q’alatku̓7em Nations; she graduated from the AYA Program in 2018 and is inspired to work here because she wants to learn more about both cultures since she is carrying a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Lil’wat7ul baby. Calvina is a talented singer and ukulele player; as a child she used to make choreographies and skits with her friends that they posted on YouTube. Her future goal is to earn her Dental Assistant Certificate. Q’alatku̓7em and Lil’wat are both part of St̓át̓yemc Nation; they have the same language and culture with slight differences between them. Through Calvina guests understand connections our Nations have to one another and how important maintaining our relationships with our neighbours was and still is. Calvina is photographed with a carving made by her friend and one of her favorite artists Q̓áwam (Wolf) Redmond Andrews. Explore Calvina's and twenty-four other AMBASSADOR stories in Gallery 3 until March 2020. #SLCCWhistler 📷 : @Loganswayzephoto . . . . . . . . . . . #Lilwat #Worklove #IndigenousBC #Destinationindigenous #IndigenousBrilliance #IndigenousCanada #FirstNations @Gowhistler #environmentalportrait #ArtsWhistler #Culturesavesliives #LittlethingsWhistler #SuperCulturalBC #Storytelling #FirstNationsArt #Carving #Cedar #woodcarving

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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