For August, the Globus family of brands’ Lighthouse Project is proud to be shining a spotlight on the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. August 9 marks the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples which ties in nicely with this, as well as our ‘Places’ pillar goal of helping the communities of the world shine.  

We are a proud supporter of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) and the heritage of the Pacific Northwest’s First Nations. SLCC stands tall to shine a light and share cultural knowledge while inspiring meaningful experiences and educational awareness of the history of the Squamish and Lil’wat nations, their partnership and proud heritage.  

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Both the Squamish and Lil’wat people are caretakers of the land and have thrived on what the ocean, rivers and land have given them over time. Their cultures are grounded in many rich traditions which continue to grow and evolve. 

“Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh Úxumixw in English is the people of the Squamish villages there was no word for Nation.  

L̓il̓wat7úl are the real or true Lil’wat, they adopted this name when the newcomers came into their territory and mistook them for their cousins that live around Lillooet, BC.” 

– Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre 

In 1997, the Resort Municipality of Whistler began a discussion with the Lil’wat Nation on what potential opportunities there could be in the area. One of the main ideas was the introduction of a Cultural Centre. Two years later, the Lil’wat and Squamish Nations came together to discuss land use and planning in certain areas of (traditional) territory overlap for the centre. Following this, both First Nations signed a Protocol Agreement in 2001 which aims to identify and investigate new economic opportunities for the mutual benefit of both parties – including the SLCC. 

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre building was designed as a combination of the longhouses of the Squamish people and the Istken (traditional earthen pit house) of the Lil’wat people, with a modern architectural interpretation.  

“Our Cultural Centre…embodies the spirit of partnership between two unique Nations who wish to preserve, grow and share our traditional cultures. It stands as testimony to our proud heritage – from time immemorial to the present.” 

– Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre 

With live demonstrations of cultural activities like weaving and carving, an interpretive forest walk and both permanent and temporary exhibits, there is no doubt that you’ll come away from your visit with a greater understanding of the history and importance of the First Nations.  

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
Photo by @slccwhistler on Instagram

While every destination is precious to us, the Lighthouse Project supports a number of sights and attractions – some of which we visit on trip, including the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. 

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