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SLCC celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

Events set for June 21

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The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) has announced its plans for celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21.

Starting at noon, visitors will be led on “an immersive cultural journey” by cultural ambassadors in full regalia with songs, dance, and storytelling. “Cultural Ambassadors will share how the animals, people and the land are tied to one another,” according to a press release.

Throughout the day, Indigenous Youth Ambassadors will host complimentary crafts in the Longhouse, including paddle necklaces, headbands, hide bracelets, and temporary tattoos.

There will also be smudging, an Indigenous-inspired barbecue lunch, and 15 per cent off in the gift shop.

The SLCC is also partnering with the Whistler Film Festival for a screening of The Grizzlies, a Canadian film based on the true story of Inuit youth who start playing lacrosse. The film will be followed by a panel discussion about the role sports play in the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations.

“We are very excited to augment our annual celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day with an evening event in partnership with Whistler Film Festival," said Brady Smith, executive director of the SLCC in a release. “By engaging with another Whistler-based arts, culture, and heritage organization we are bridging Indigenous Tourism into Whistler’s thriving cultural tourism scene.”

Tickets will be $10 online or $15 at the door. For more, visit slcc.ca.

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