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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre readies Chief Dan George exhibit

The display officially opens July 10
Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre great hall
The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre's great hall in Whistler, B.C.

The newest Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) exhibition, "Chief Dan George – Actor and Activist," opens its doors tomorrow. 

The showcase explores the life of George, a Tsleil-Waututh Chief known for his work as a First Nations rights advocate, longshoreman, actor, musician, lecturer and poet. Born Geswanouth Slahoot, George grew up on Burrard Indian Reserve #3 as the son of hereditary chief George Sla-holt.

After years as a logger and longshoreman, George began his acting career in the 1960s. He would go on to appear in many television, movie and stage productions while promoting a better understanding of First Nations people. 

“We are grateful to the MONOVA Museum and Archives of North Vancouver for sharing this touring exhibition with the SLCC, as it brings light into Chief Dan George's life," says SLCC Squamish curator Dominique Nahanee in a press release. "It gives us great pride to host this exhibit as he was a well-known man in many communities. He was always headstrong and tried his best to teach the people around him. We see that he reached out in many different ways to teach the world around him.”

"Chief Dan George – Actor and Activist" debuts at the SLCC on July 10 and will remain until Feb. 2, 2025.

More information is available here.