Interactive Workshops & Tour Enhancements

For a hands experience and fun takeaway, we would like to invite your group to join us for a unique crafting workshop.  Learn how to make a traditional craft with the assistance of a First Nations Ambassador who will share with you the stories behind the craft.

Please note that costs and times quoted below are in addition to tour rates and times.

CEDAR ROPE

Recommended Age: 5+
Additional Time Required: None
Group Size: Any
Cost: Included in admission

Learn the technique used to make inner cedar bark into a Cedar Rope or Bracelet. Cedar is a hugely important resource that was, and is still, used for making rope, baskets, matts and much more! All of our daily tours include a cedar rope craft activity – without tour the cost is $5.

DREAM CATCHER

Recommended Age: 8+
Additional Time Required: 45 minutes – 1 hour
Group Size: 10+
Cost: $15

Weave together a vibrant dream catcher with feathers, beads, sinew and a suede wrapped hoop. Dream catchers are a craft shown to us from our neighboring First Nations trading partners who lived in the prairies and East Coast of Canada. They are hung in windows to allow good dreams to pass through while entangling bad dreams in the web which then perish at the first light of dawn.

WOOD PADDLE RATTLE

Recommended Age: 8-18
Additional Time Required: 45 minutes – 1 hour
Group Size: 10+
Cost: $25

Make a wooden paddle rattle using wooden pre-cut wood and copper beads. Gluing is required to assemble the rattle. If time allows, you will also have the opportunity to paint your rattle. Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations rattles or shakers are an instrument that is used in ceremonies, community songs or gifted to newborn babies to repel bad spirits. All Nations used the rattle in one form or another, as simple as a handful of stones shaken in ones hands to the more intricately adorned rattles that are used by many Nations.

BUCKSKIN MEDICINE BAG

Recommended Age: 8+
Additional Time Required: 30-45 minutes
Group Size: 10+
Cost: $10

Use buckskin, beads and lacing to craft a handmade medicine pouch. Traditionally these pouches were used hold medicinal herbs or treasures that provide protection for the wearer. These pouches were typically worn while journeying to neighboring communities.

CEDAR PADDLE NECKLACE

Recommended Age: 2-7
Additional Time Required: 15-30 minutes
Group Size: 10+
Cost: $5

Put together a Cedar paddle Necklace with pre-cut cedar paddles. Use beads to decorate the necklace and make it your own. The canoe paddle is a symbol of the journey and the spirit of unity and team work. This craft is a great option for young kids.

16” SALISH HAND DRUM

Recommended Age: 15+
Additional Time Required: 1-1.5 hours
Group Size: 2+
Cost: $198

10” SALISH HAND DRUM

Recommended Age: 15+
Additional Time Required: 1-1.5 hours
Cost: $98

4” MINI TOY DRUM

Recommended Age: 8-18
Additional Time Required: 45 minutes – 1 hour
Cost: $20

Make a beautiful traditional Salish hand drum using deer hide and a cedar frame. The drum is not just a music maker, but a voice for the soul within the music. The drum is more than a musical instrument to those who own and play it, as it is considered to have a life of its own and is regarded as having its own powerful spirit.  In some traditions the drum symbolizes the heartbeat and in others it represents the powerful medicine of thunder.

* Please note that the drum requires a day to dry before painting. You will have the option of either coming back the following day or to bring your drum home to paint.
* Supplies for Mini Toy Drum differ from above description

SALISH WOOL WEAVING

Recommended Age: 12+
Additional Time Required: 1.5-2 hours
Group Size: 10-50
Cost: $20

Learn the traditional techniques of Salish Wool Weaving! Option 1: Use table looms – depending on how fast participants catch on to the technique they will be able to create a bookmarker or wrist band (15 person max). Option 2: Use a cardboard template – with this option participants create coin pouches and have the ability to take the weaving home to finish if they do not complete. Wool Weaving is an integral part of the rich cultural history of the Coastal Nations and historically involved gathering, spinning and weaving mountain goat wool. Blankets and headbands are worn for protection of both natural and spiritual elements.

* Workshop is subject to staff availability

HOLISTIC TOUR AND
INDIGENOUS TEA CEREMONY

Recommended Age: 14+
Additional Time Required: 1.5-2 hours
Group Size: 10-30
Cost: $30

Tours begin with a welcome song, inspiring film and brief introduction to the Centre. Next, guest will join a Holistic Cultural Ambassador on an interpretive forest walk where the flora and fauna of the region are identified and discussed. Guests will then be invited to sample traditional teas while interacting with our Ambassador through stories and legends about our traditional territory and how the local flora is used for medicinal purposes. Guests will leave with a tea sample and information booklet to take home and enjoy!

* Workshop is subject to staff availability
* Tour format will be adapted depending on season/ weather

INTERPRETIVE FOREST WALK

Recommended Age: 14+
Additional Time Required: 1.5-2 hours
Group Size: 10-15
Cost: TBD

Join one of our knowledgeable Cultural Ambassadors on a 30 minute tour through our interpretive forest walk. This tour provides a glimpse of how our ancestors lived, by exploring the cultural practices and traditional knowledge of the diverse flora and fauna in the region. Your cultural guide will provide insights into our connections with the earth and the beauty of our surroundings, giving participants a sense of the richness of our shared territories. Many of the plants that are considered to be current day weeds or nuisance plants, were food and resource materials for the local indigenous people. Plant species are identified and discussed pertaining to use medicinal purposes and food preparations. This tour is a perfect addition to a regular tour experience for a group wishing to extend their stay with us.

SLCC Summer Brochure

Brochure

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Thunderbird Cafe

Thunderbird Café

Discover our unique style of modern First Nation’s cuisine such as bannock, salmon and venison. Visit the Thunderbird Café.

Gift Shop

Gallery & Gift Shop

Discover our unique selection of First Nations merchandise ranging from handcrafted works of art, to home accents, clothing and accessories, jewellery, pottery, baskets, books and souvenir merchandise. Visit the Gallery & Gift Shop.

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