The Lil̓wat and Squamish Nations have coexisted in the territory now known as Whistler since time immemorial, thriving on the bounty of the landscapes that surround them. Their cultures are rooted in ancient traditions that are evolving in a modern world. The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre was built to preserve their cultures and celebrate and share them with others, inspire and educate visitors, guests, and community members about the importance of Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Lil̓wat7ul (Lil̓wat) ways and their importance to modern day culture. With 96% Indigenous staff, the SLCC works every day to provide meaningful and purposeful employment to the staff and Ambassadors. Because of COVID-19, very few visitors are coming through the door this year; the Cultural Ambassadors are losing their opportunity to share positive awareness and visibility of Indigenous people with local communities and international guests.
The 100 Women of Whistler have helped fund hope, purpose, and a connection sought to strengthen the Sea to Sky community: a bridge between the passions that lie behind Whistler recreational culture and the Indigenous connection and stewardship of this land. The money raised will help stage Boarder X, an exhibit featuring local and international Indigenous artists that use snowboarding, skateboarding, and surfing as mechanisms to demonstrate knowledge and performed relationships with the land. Originally curated at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, this will be the first time an Indigenous owned building will house the spirit provoking pieces. The artwork curated will reflect cultural, political, environmental and social perspectives in relationship to the landscapes and territories we occupy. This is an exhibit aimed to draw stronger relationships between the original people of this land, whom the SLCC represents, and the young adults and kids (and kids at heart) of Whistler and the Sea to Sky community. Cultural Ambassadors and their families working alongside locals, witnessing and experiencing how sport transforms into art, and how Indigenous culture transforms a better understanding of the healing and reconciling effects when there is a shared appreciation and connection to our land.
Board culture is active and growing in Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation, and communing with the outdoors has been integral in the communities’ cultural journeys and healing processes. This exhibit is a touchpoint for viewers to gain a deeper understanding of their modern relations with the land, drawing from traditional teachings and cultural knowledge.
100 Women Who Care Whistler is designed to make an immediate positive effect on the lives of our neighbours by bringing together 100 (or more) women in Whistler who care about local community causes and who are committed to community strength.