First Nations

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

10 Ways to Enjoy Whistler’s Longest Day & Kick Off Summer Properly

June 21 is the longest day of the year AND the official start of summer so The Insider drums up 10 ways to fill those extra golden daylight minutes with more Whistler awesomeness.

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 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 Indigenous Peoples Day in Whistler

The official first day of summer, June 21, is also Canada's National Indigenous Peoples 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 Indigenous musicians will play a prominent role in sharing, appreciating and evolving the culture of local First Nations.

New Exhibits Unveiled at Whistler’s Native Cultural Centre

A few words with master carver Xwalacktun about the new Spirits Within Carving Project on display at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre.

Good times eh? Whistler’s Canadian Experiences

Being Canadian is all about good times, great wide open spaces, snow, ice and deep fried pastries. Check out Whistler's great Canadian experiences and get a real taste of the Great White North.

Whistler’s Inaugural Spirit Within Festival

Learn about the original Sea to Sky locals at the The Spirit Within Festival, Whistler's inaugural celebration of First Nations Culture.

Lil’wat Nation & Culturally Modified Trees

The Coast Mountains have big mountains, but they also have some of the most impressive trees on the planet. Local Native peoples have been protecting and using these forests for generations and now their "culturally modified trees" may play a role in heritage and environmental conservation.
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