Aboriginal Youth Ambassador Program

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler is now accepting applications for four spaces for the Aboriginal Youth Ambassador (AYA) program. This twelve week paid training begins March 28th, 2018.
The AYA is an immersive cultural and business program that teaches the foundations of business through the lens of a First Nations Museum.
To apply, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Between 16-30 years old
  • Not receiving employment insurance
  • Must be aboriginal
  • Provide criminal record check
  • Must enter workforce or education program post training

If you are interested in applying, please email human.resources@slcc.ca


The AYA program has been going on for many years prior to the opening of the SLCC in 2008 and was operating out of educational institutes or tourism venues. Once the SLCC was created the AYA program had a permanent home to be able to train on the job skills in a working tourism venue focused on the Squamish and Lil’wat Peoples. We put our hands up to Service Canada for continually supporting the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and funding this program in recent years.


The Aboriginal Youth Program is an immersive twelve-week cultural and business program that teaches the foundations of business through the lens of a First Nations Museum. We provide a safe environment for students to gain confidence and work experience in several industry sectors while discovering their personal aptitudes.

Certification Programs

are provided in a safe environment for our students to gain access to First Aid; Food Safe; WHIMIS; Serving it Right.

Industry Sectors Introduction

for students while they work in several departments to learn valuable skills such as customer service, point of sales experience, cash handling, public speaking, retail merchandising, food and beverage service; intro to mechanical and janitorial systems, working with public, performance, guiding public tours.

Tourism Related Career Discovery

allows for students to investigate other tourism venues with off-site visits. Students get a feel for the different types of industries they may want to consider for future careers.

Professional Development

involves oversight of resume building; job searching; professional workplace behavior; accountability; interview skills. We also work closely with WorkBC to ensure best opportunities for students to find job placements following the twelve weeks paid training program.


from Cultural leaders, elders, council members and cultural ambassador piers are asked to share some personal stories and cultural protocol information, this is done through art; song; story and crafting. Interaction with the students to give them a better understanding of where they come from and it arms them with more knowledge while interacting with guests.

SLCC Revenue and Labour Support

is in turn provided by students for departments once have been trained to handle daily business. This allows our Cultural Ambassadors and leaders time to work on special projects and tackle more in-depth work. The SLCC also benefits from trained staff once AYA students graduate, by providing a labour pool.

Positive Cultural Awareness

for the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations is a result from training its members to be ambassadors for their culture and history. A base cultural knowledge is provided during the program through cultural experts, so that students learn how to represent and speak about their Nations effectively.

If you meet the criteria above and are interested in applying, please contact Allison Burns

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