SLCC Celebrates National Aboriginal Day

Delegation Welcome Speech to Our Traditional Territory with Song

SLCC Celebrates National Aboriginal Day

June 15, 2015

Whistler’s SLCC Celebrates National Aboriginal Day With Traditional Crafts, Free Admission For Kids

Whistler – Whistler’s First Nations headquarters Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre has announced plans to celebrate National Aboriginal Day (NAD) with traditional arts and crafts, bannock tasters and free admission for children under the age of 18. The event will take place on Friday June 19 from 10am-4pm.

National Aboriginal Day is recognized nationwide as a day for all Canadians to honor and celebrate the heritage, diversity and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and and Métis peoples.

“The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre recognizes the importance of not only the cultures of the Squamish and Lil’wat communities, but the celebration of Aboriginal peoples throughout our Nation,” says Brady Smith, Executive Director. “National Aboriginal Day is a day to recognize the contributions Aboriginal people have made to Canada, a day for Canadians to celebrate. We encourage our community members, Whistler Locals, and visitors to join the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre by participating in a day of First Nations culture. Come alone, or with family and friends to the Aboriginal Museum in Whistler”.

Facility tours will run every hour on the hour throughout the day, beginning with a traditional welcome song and followed by a movie, gallery tour and introduction to each of the crafting stations. At the stations, guests will have the opportunity to meet an up-and-coming Squamish Nation wool weaver and create their own cedar bracelets, dream catchers, paddle rattles, hide rattles and mini drums. Complimentary bannock bits, taster-size pieces of the traditional First Nations flatbread will be served while quantities last.

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is located in Whistler’s Upper Village and open daily from 9:30am-5pm. For more information visit www.slcc.ca.

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Media Contact: 

Brady Smith

Executive Director

Direct: 604 964 0993

Cell: 604 902 0008

Email: brady.smith@slcc.ca

About SLCC

Established in 2008 as a means to preserve and share the cultural identities of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre offers an award-winning cultural experience defined by the traditions, stories and partnership between two nations. The museum has been identified by the Canadian Tourism Commission as a Signature Tourism Experience  named Cultural Centre of the Year by Aboriginal Tourism BC.

 

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