15 May Preserving the Cedar Tree of Life, for Future Generations
Our forests have a limited amount of cedar trees available to harvest, and we have recently heard from our Nation’s master weavers that cedar trees are being over harvested for their inner cedar bark. In an effort to conserve and sustain this precious resource, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre has made the decision to remove the cedar rope bracelet activity from our daily programming; a replacement activity will be announced shortly.
The Squamish and Lil’wat Nations have an intimate relationship with the cedar tree; we take only what we need and we use everything that we take. This is an ancient practice of our people, and we thank you for your understanding as we honour this teaching.