What We Treasure

X̲aay S7átam Chet

I Wa Xzúmstum̓

“We welcome you, our honoured guests, on this journey of discovery.”-Kúkwpi7 Táya-Chief Leonard Andrew, Lil’wat Nation
We treasure all the teachings from our Elders. We are proud to walk in their footsteps. Our permanent exhibit is dedicated to the core of our culture; ceremony, language, regalia, and stories told through different mediums.

Both Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh Úxumixw (Squamish Nation) and L̓il̓wat7ulh (Lil’wat Nation) honour the legacy of our Ancestors when we create objects vital to our culture. With each piece we infuse the history of our family. In our collection we have baskets, blankets, canoes, carvings (also known as totem poles), drums, tools, and regalia (traditional clothing).

Our greatest pride is in teaching the young people. The culture shines through our Aboriginal Youth Ambassadors, each brings with them knowledge from their families. Each family has a different specialty, we invite you to join us and meet our Aboriginal Youth Ambassadors.

“The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is a place where our performers, artists and storytellers can share our rich traditions with the world.” –K̲ák̲x̲elten Siy̓ám̓ Chief Gibby Jacob, Squamish Nation


Chief Janice George and Lois Joseph

Special Thanks

Member of the Squamish Nation
Members of the Lil’wat Nation
Drew Leathem Jr.


Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Province of British Columbia, Resort Municipality of Whistler, Western Economic Diversification, Concord Pacific Group Inc., Department of Canadian Heritage, Teresen Gas, BMO Bank of Montreal, Nahanee Baker Construction, American Friends of Whistler, Capilano University


July 2008-Current

Permanent Exhibit