Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Museum admission is by donation 10am – 5pm, and shoppers can enjoy 15% off on all purchases in the Gift Shop.
Our regular hourly guided tours will be offered at the top of the hour with Cultural Ambassadors, and complimentary craft activities with Indigenous Youth Ambassadors welcome guests to drop in the Longhouse 10am – 11.30am, and 1pm – 4pm.
Smudging will occur at 11.30am, followed by cultural sharing with Cultural Ambassadors in full regalia at 12pm in the Great Hall.
Evening programming features THE GRIZZLIES screening, hosted in partnership with the Whistler Film Festival, followed by a panel discussion about the role sport plays in both Squamish and Lil’wat Nations.
Off The Grill
Located in the Longhouse and on offer 10am – 11.30am and 1pm – 4pm, join the Indigenous Youth Ambassadors in creating:
THE GRIZZLIES Trailer
About the film:
THE GRIZZLIES is an inspiring true story based on a group of Inuit students in the small Arctic town of Kugluktuk. Suffering from widespread drug use, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and one of the highest teen suicide rates in the world, this northern community is periled by the legacy of colonialism. The students are naturally skeptical when Russ Sheppard, yet another ignorant and unprepared white rookie teacher, arrives from the South on a one-year teaching contract. With much to learn, but deeply shaken by the death of one of his students, Russ introduces his class to the sport of lacrosse in an effort to help lift the dangerous fog of trauma existing in his students. While initially resistant, the students gradually come together to embrace the sport, form Team Grizzlies, and find inspiration to make shifts in their own lives. Together with Russ, the team gains the support of a deeply divided town and eventually negotiates its way to the National Lacrosse Championships in Toronto. Despite their ultimate defeat, The Grizzlies discover that success doesn’t lie in the outcome of a lacrosse game; but instead, in the spirit of community.
In conjunction with a screening of THE GRIZZLIES, this panel discussion will explore the role sport plays in creating positive social change in Indigenous Communities, specifically in both Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation.
Sxwixwtn Wilson Williams, Squamish Nation
Háma7 Alphonse Wallace, Lil’wat Nation
Siginaak (Blackbird) Court Larabee, Lac Des Mille Lacs Nation
Linda Epp, Sechelt Nation
In cooperation with Indigenous Peoples’ national organizations, the Government of Canada designated June 21 National Indigenous Peoples Day, a celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ culture and heritage. This date was chosen because it corresponds to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and because for generations, many Indigenous Peoples’ groups have celebrated their culture and heritage at this time of year.
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 at Canada.ca.