Saturday, Sept. 30 will once again be a day of listening, learning and reflection at Whistler's Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre (SLCC), as guests are invited to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Admission is free, thanks to CIBC, with programming supported by the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and the Resort Municipality of Whistler.
"Visitors can hear the Guest Speaker Series, experience Spo7ez cultural sharing, carving demonstration, immersive crafts, First Nations-inspired cuisine and explore books for learning, authentic art and keepsakes," reads an SLCC press release.
The cultural museum is currently closed due to unexpected flooding from a broken pipe, but will reopen at 10 a.m. on Sept. 30. The museum will again be open on Sunday, Oct. 1 for regular operations, including guided tours of the Museum. The SLCC Ambassadors will take Monday, Oct. 2 to rest and be with family, and the SLCC returns to regular operations on Oct. 3rd.
"The SLCC welcomes community members and guests to show support by wearing orange to honour the children, survivors and families of Residential Schools for Orange Shirt Day / National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30," the release said. "The SLCC Gallery and Gift Shop offers Orange shirts – available for purchase in-store until 5 p.m. on Sept. 23, and available for purchase online at slcc.ca/shop/orange-shirt, with pick-up available on Friday, Sept. 29.
"Purchasing at the SLCC Gallery & Gift Shop supports authentic Indigenous Artists and meaningful employment for members of the Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation."
Tuesday, Oct. 3 to Sunday, Oct. 8 marks the final week for guests to see the feature exhibition Unceded: A Photographic Journey into Belonging—a moving exhibition showcasing the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and the Lil̓wat7úl and their enduring presence and connection to the land. "The 100 Years of Unity exhibition celebrating the Amalgamation of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) compliments the Unceded Exhibition well for guests looking to learn the area’s rich history," the release said.
Here's what's on the schedule for Sept. 30:
GREAT HALL, ENTRANCE, THEATRE & GALLERIES
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Self-Guided tours, film series in the Theatre, crafts for all ages.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Feature Exhibitions: Gallery 2 – 100 Years of Unity Squamish Amalgamation; Gallery 3 – Unceded – A Photographic Journey into Belonging
10 a.m.: Curator Tour of the Unceded Exhibition with Tsawaysia Dominique Nahanee
10 a.m. to 1 pm: Live Carving Demonstration with Brandon Hall
10 a.m. to 4 pm: Kids Crafts, Colouring and Temporary Tattoos
10 a.m. to 12 pm: Craft Rope Bracelets (All ages)
2:15 p.m.: Moment of Silence
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Craft Dreamcatchers (8+years)
MEZZANINE PATIO & LONGHOUSE
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Guest Speakers Series – Truth and Reconciliation
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Satellite Thunderbird Cafe in the Longhouse
1 p.m.: Spo7ez Cultural Sharing
1:30 p.m.: Break
2:15 p.m.: Moment of Silence
3 p.m.: Guided Interpretive Forest Walk in the Salish Stroll
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Enjoy First Nations-inspired cuisine at the Thunderbird Café
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Satellite Café in the Longhouse
ART GALLERY & GIFT SHOP
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Explore authentic handcrafted Northwest Coast First Nations art, and explore our extensive range of books for your knowledge and learning.
Stay updated on SLCC operating hours at slcc.ca/visit.