Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

The coastal-dwelling Squamish First Nation and the interior Lil’wat First Nation considered the Whistler Valley area an historical shared territory for hunting, fishing, mining and trading. The architecturally stunning Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre celebrates and explores how these two nations coexisted respectfully as neighbors since time immemorial, sharing the landscape to thrive on the bounty of the rivers, lakes, wetlands, forests and nearby ocean. With the two First Nations it represents grounded in rich, ancient traditions while both continue to grow and evolve in a modern world, the SLCC shares their cultural knowledge to inspire understanding and respect amongst all people.

GEOLOGIC CONTEXT:

The Squamish First Nation and the Lil’wat First Nation share territory in the Sea to Sky corridor, where mythological stories, landscape realities and historical resource use are tied to geological features and processes.

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The SLCC is located at 4584 Blackcomb Way in Whistler’s Upper Village. Info: https://slcc.ca/history/

Decimal Degrees (DD)

50.118877, -122.946916

Degrees Decimal Minutes (DDM)

50° 7.1326' N  122° 56.815' W

Degrees Minutes Seconds (DMS)

50° 7' 7.9572" N  122° 56' 48.8976" W

What Are Pillars?

The Fire & Ice Aspiring Geopark comprises four main geological pillars referenced in all interpretive material: (M)ountain Building, (G)laciation, (V)olcanism and (C)ollapse.

MOUNTAIN BUILDING

Mountain building can involve several processes that contribute to the formation of mountains, such as the collision of tectonic plates that result in folding, faulting, metamorphism and the creation of subduction zones associated with volcanic activity and igneous intrusion.

GLACIATION

Glaciation refers to landform phenomena associated with the formation, movement and recession of glaciers and ice sheets. In temperate latitudes such as British Columbia, montane glaciation at higher altitudes is the norm while continental glaciation occurred during Ice Ages like the recent Pleistocene.

VOLCANISM

Volcanism is the eruption of subterranean molten rock (magma) and gasses onto the surface of the planet and includes the production of volcanic landforms and the effects of eruptions and flowing lava on pre-existing surface formations.

COLLAPSE

Collapse is a term that refers broadly to both slow processes of destabilization and erosion by wind, water and ice, as well as rapid processes like rockfall and landslides.

Whether acting as primary or secondary forces, one or more of these processes figure in the creation of each geosite.