Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) is the first centre of its kind in Canada, where two unique Nations (Skwxwu7mesh Uxwumixw/Squamish Nation, Coast Salish; and Lil’wat7ul/Lil’wat Nation, Interior Salish) have come together to celebrate and share their cultures with the world.
Designed to evoke the form of a Squamish Longhouse and Lil’wat Istken (earthen dwelling), the SLCC’s architectural design stunningly embodies the spirit of partnership between the Nations. Guests are encouraged to join the hourly guided tours offered on the hour, every hour, starting at 10am to acquire a deeper understanding of these rich cultures through a traditional welcome song, fifteen-minute film, exhibit tour, and cedar-rope bracelet making activity.
For guests looking to visit the centre but don’t have time to explore the museum, the gift shop and Thunderbird Café are located in the SLCC’s admission free zone.
Guests feel the weight of a hand-carved cedar paddle at the Xays Canoe in the Great Hall.
The SLCC also offers a number of learning opportunities for the public. There are online classroom resources as well as class trip programs where the children can take a trip to learn about the culture through workshop facilitators and educational kits.
Alex Wells performs the Fancy Dance at the First Nations Winter Feast & Performance (Thursdays and Sundays).
The Cultural Centre is open daily from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Tuesdays - Sundays; call our friendly In-House Reservations Team at 1.800.667.3363 or email at [email protected] to get more information on the Squamish Lilwat Cultural Centre.
photo credit - slcc.ca