National Indigenous Peoples Day

Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day Sunday, June 21. While the SLCC venue will still be closed, Cultural Ambassadors have developed edible, educational, and musical content that you can join remotely.

How to Participate

Bringing Home the Bannock – Father’s Day Edition


4oz elk chorizo hot dog (ready to BBQ)
on a house made bannock bun & smoky maple mustard

Roasted Pemberton potato salad
with Grilled red onions, celery, homemade pickle aioli

Beet chips
with Sea salt

Orders will be delivered Saturday, June 20 (Whistler local only)

11am: Virtual Drumming Circle

Cultural Ambassadors will stream from their respective communities a live drumming circle. Squamish Nation will stream from Capilano, and Lil’wat Nation will stream from Lil’wat.

2pm: Art & Reconciliation Workshop (Online, 1 hour)

Learn the basic concepts of formline art from Squamish Nation Artist Cory Douglas:

There are many examples where the history of the First Nations to Canada is being recognized. Two that immediately come to mind are when the Government of Canada issued an apology for the Residential School Survivors and when the City of Vancouver declared that this city is on unceded territory, implementing a ‘City of Reconciliation’.

The decolonization of our territory begins with understanding the differences of Coast Salish and Formline art forms.

*Registration required.

4pm: The Spiritual Warriors Live Stream

Lil’wat/Pemberton band blend reggae beats with Ucwalmícwts lyrics. Band members include father-daughter duo Leroy Joe and Daisy Joe, Rich Doucet, Mike Rowe, and Tim Lall.

All Day: Take a Virtual Tour of the SLCC

Explore all three levels of the SLCC with this virtual walk through tour. Click on the spots along the way to watch short videos about exhibit items.

All Day: Explore Indigenous Public Art

Facts and Faqs

While the SLCC isn’t quite open just yet, there is a broad range of Indigenous pieces of public art throughout Whistler Village. Explore them with Arts Whistler’s Culture Map.

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.

These virtual offerings have been made possible through the generous support of: