National Indigenous Peoples Day

Friday, June 21, 2019


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.

BBQ Lunch Special

$18.00 per person


THE GRIZZLIES Film Screening

$10.00 per person in advance; $15.00 per person on the door.

More Details

BBQ Lunch Menu


  • Roasted root vegetable salad, curly endive and shoots, caramelized onions, creamy cider and mustard seed dressing
  • Herb marinated baby vegetable salad with torn greens, pickled shallots, toasted hazelnuts, Salt spring island chevre, wild berry and citrus vinaigrette
  • Compressed sweet melon, baby arugula, Shaved Berkshire mountain ham, Nonna Pias golden balsamic, goats feta


Off The Grill

  • Two rivers meats Venison and Elk burger, pretzel roll
  • Hills Bison smokies, roasted Abbotsford corn salsa
  • Beyond Meat Vegan Burger, heirloom tomato chutney
  • Full selection of burger and smokie toppings



  • Lucia Gelato



  • 10am: hourly guided tour with A7xwil Travis Billy, St’at’imc’ and Secxwepemc Nations
  • 11am: hourly guided tour with Swisk Jay Natrall, Cree and Squamish Nations
  • 10am – 11.30am: craft activities in the Longhouse with the Indigenous Youth Ambassadors
  • 11.30am: smudging with T’ec Georgina Dan, Lil’wat Nation


  • 12pm: Cultural Sharing in the Great Hall with Cultural Ambassadors 
  • 12.30pm – 2pm: BBQ Lunch on Mezzanine Patio; acoustic tunes provided by Calvina Smith, Lil’wat Nation
  • 1pm – 4pm: craft activities in the Longhouse with the Indigenous Youth Ambassadors
  • 1pm: hourly guided tour with A7xwil Travis Billy
  • 2pm: guided forest walk with Brandon Hall, Squamish Nation
  • 3pm: hourly guided tour with Telaysaht Aerienna Bruce, Squamish Nation
  • 4pm: hourly guided tour with Gusdidsasame David Baker


  • 5pm: cash bar open and appetizers served for THE GRIZZLIES film screening
  • 5.30pm: introduce film, including panel + moderator joining discussion after film
  • 5.45pm: film starts (102 minutes)
  • 7.30pm: film wraps up; 10 minute refreshment break
  • 7.40pm – 8.30pm: panel discussion
  • 9pm: museum closes

Complimentary Craft Activities

Located in the Longhouse and on offer 10am – 11.30am and 1pm – 4pm, join the Indigenous Youth Ambassadors in creating:

Paddle necklaces


Hide bracelets

Temporary tattoos



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.

Panel Discussion

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.

Panel Participants

Sxwixwtn Wilson Williams, Squamish Nation

Háma7 Alphonse Wallace, Lil’wat Nation

Siginaak (Blackbird) Court Larabee, Lac Des Mille Lacs Nation



Linda Epp, Sechelt Nation

About National Indigenous Peoples Day

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.