First Nations

The culture of the Squamish and Lil'wat Nations has deep roots in these mountains. Stop, look, listen.

Change and Growth: Whistler Celebrates National Aboriginal Day June 21

When the summer solstice comes around, it’s time to honour the original locals of the Whistler area with a day of traditional celebrations led by the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations.

Hands-on Culture: Learning from the Squamish and Lil’wat People

Weaving and drum-making workshops are more than creative exercises – they are a way to connect with First Nations culture in an intimate setting, with plenty of time for questions.

Culture & Learning: the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

The Insider visits the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre to learn about the latest exhibition, Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of Residential Schools from junior curator, Alison Pascal.

More Than Pictures on a Wall: Whistler’s Audain Art Museum

The Insider has plenty of reasons to be stoked that the Audain Art Museum is open.

Guide to Arts and Crafts, Whistler-style

Seeking balance in your life? The hands-on arts scene in Whistler means you can work on your creativity as well as carving turns this winter.

Whistler’s Newest Guided Hike: The Medicine Trail

Moss tea? Traditional uses for spiky devil's club plants. The new Medicine Trail hike mixes rainforest serenity with traditional wisdom.

Canada Day in Whistler: What makes a Canadian?

How to Canadian is Whistler going to get this Canada Day? Well, you can eat poutine and drink beer while listening to an orchestra belt out the National Anthem then have a snowball fight while on a bear viewing tour. So that's pretty good, eh bud?

Raptors, Arrowheads & History: National Aboriginal Day in Whistler

The official first day of summer, June 21, is also Canada's National Aboriginal Day. Check out the celebrations at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and kick it with some original Whistler-area locals.

Skunk Cabbage: Weed or Whistler Hero?

Is it a swampy weed or an icon of Whistler Culture? The debate has been raging (kinda) for decades so Whistler's top scientist Leslie Anthony brings us all up to speed on the Skunk Cabbage.

Whistler Art Galleries: Bringing the World to Whistler

Life imitates art and in Whistler, life is good. Whistler's art galleries are world class and the scene grows stronger with each passing year.

Spirit Within Festival Brings Indigenous Music to Whistler

The second annual Spirit Within Festival takes place September 26-29, 2013 at Whistler's Squamish Lilwat Cultural Centre and Aboriginal musicians will play a prominent role in sharing, appreciating and evolving the culture of local First Nations.
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