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Squamish-Lil'wat Cultural Centre gets federal funding

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The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre received $333,000 in federal funding today for new marketing initiatives and to create an on-going central showcase of cultural artifacts.

"This investment from the government of Canada is a decision made to use valuable tax-payers dollars, $333,000, to promote tourism, to promote the culture and history of the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations and to promote sustainability in environmental design - the building has won LEED certification," said John Weston, the Member of Parliament for West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky Country.

"It stimulates the economy and the long term prosperity of Whistler in the corridor."

Weston said the funding was also recognition that First Nations are playing an increasing role in many sectors across Canada.

"The notion that First Nations are growing into full partnerships with other Canadians in so many walks of life and the vision I have, and it is shared by people in Whistler and around the country, is one of full equality where we magnify our differences in a positive way and constantly achieve common ground."

The money is being provided under the Western Diversification Program and is part of a 10-year journey of hard work and negotiations, which resulted last year in the launch of the Cultural Journey. Phase I last year included extensive granite road signage and highway stop-offs featuring education kiosks for visitors from West Vancouver to Whistler.

This Phase II funding was announced at a ceremony at the Cultural Centre during which Squamish Elders also blessed the Chief Joseph Mathias Welcome Figure, recently added to the centre.

"It is with great pride that we celebrate this funding announcement from the Federal government," said Chief Gibby Jacob of the Squamish Nation.

"Based on past successes and investment into future growth, this funding support represents a continuation of our partnership in the development of the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. The support from our funding partners for this project thereby expands the circle of influence and positive awareness that is provided through our programming."

The marketing dollars will be targeted at Alberta, California and Washington residents.

 

 

The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre received $333,000 in federal funding today for new marketing initiatives and to create an on-going central showcase of cultural artifacts.

"This investment from the government of Canada is a decision made to use valuable tax-payers dollars, $333,000, to promote tourism, to promote the culture and history of the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations and to promote sustainability in environmental design - the building has won LEED certification," said John Weston, the Member of Parliament for West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky Country.

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