The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) encourages the community to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day Sunday, June 21 and is providing support to programing at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC).
The Government of Canada has designated June 21 as National Indigenous Peoples Day, a celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ culture and heritage.
“National Indigenous Peoples Day is an opportunity to celebrate the diverse culture and heritage of First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and their significant contribution to Canadian society,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton.
National Indigenous Peoples Day is a wonderful opportunity to become better acquainted with the cultural diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, discover the unique accomplishments of Indigenous Peoples in fields as varied as agriculture, the environment and the arts, and celebrate their significant contribution to Canadian society.
Learn more about National Indigenous Peoples Day by watching this video produced by the SLCC.
While the SLCC venue will still be closed, the centre’s Cultural Ambassadors have developed edible, educational, and musical content that can be joined remotely.
- Friday, June 19: Breaking Bannock speaker series. Join the virtual conversation with Squamish Nation council member Kwitelut I Kwelaw’ikw Carla George about supporting community during the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the parallels between community connection, family connection, and the SLCC. Hosted in partnership with Whistler Public Library.
- Saturday, June 20: Community members can purchase SLCC BBQ packs to host their very own National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations at home.
- Sunday, June 21: Join the SLCC’s all day National Indigenous Peoples Day programming, including:
- A self-guided tour to Whistler's outdoor Indigenous Art.
- 11a.m. - Virtual Drumming Circle, livestreaming from both the Squamish and Lil'wat Nation communities.
- 2 p.m. - Art and Reconciliation virtual workshop with Squamish Nation artist Cory Douglas.
- 4 p.m. - Lil'wat/Pemberton band, The Spiritual Warriors, livestreaming from inside the SLCC.
Funding support to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre’s programming is made possible through the RMOW’s Festivals, Events and Animation program, which is primarily funded by the Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT Hotel Tax) revenues collected in Whistler.
Other resources to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day
Learn more about National Indigenous Peoples Days and ways to celebrate by visiting the Government of Canada’s website.