Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre affords youth from reserves in the region transport for classes, and the opportunity to train in the hospitality industry through on-site museum and cultural tours. Through their partnership with Planeterra and the connection to our partners at G Adventures, the centre is able to increase their visitor numbers, giving them more opportunities to expand their training base and available visitor activities.
The colonization of what is now known as Canada, compounded with the implementation of residential schools and the fracturing of families, alongside flu and smallpox epidemics led to the alteration or loss of much of the oral history important to the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations of the Whistler region. There exists a demand for a larger First Nations presence in the area, to ensure the ancient cultures of the Lil’wat and Squamish Nation are protected. There is also a great need for economic opportunities which will benefit youth who live on nearby reserves.
The centre relies on grants and visits to their museum, cafe and other experiences they offer, in order to continue their training programs for youth living on reserves that are often miles away. Planeterra successfully introduced a visit to the SLCC into the tour operations of G Adventures in June 2017. Groups are able to visit the centre to participate in activities such as a medicinal tea ceremony, bannock tasting, or tour of the museum and grounds.