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March 2012

Lil'wat: Nation gains three conservancies in signing with BC Parks - The Lil'wat Nation and BC Parks have signed three conservancy management plans to protect over 10,000 hectares (100 square km.) of Lil'wat traditional territories in perpetuity.

February 2012

Lil'wat: Reggae with a little Lil'wat flavour - On paper, reggae and traditional Lil'wat chants seem a strange combination. This is due, in part, to the fact that no one's tried it before. Before Kalan Wi, that is. The group, made up of three members of Lil'wat Nation, Leroy Joe, Russell Wallace and Vania Stager, and Nova Scotia transplant, Richard Doucet, have found that tribal sweet spot. The result is Celebration, a set of 10 spirituals that infuse both English and the Lil'wat language with feel-good Island flare.

January 2012

Squamish-Lil'wat: Art of a Warm Welcome Comes to Life at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre - Up until the opening of the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler four years ago, viewing Salish art on exhibit in galleries or museums was the only way many of us had to interact with this region's First Nations culture. There wasn't an opportunity to actually connect with the people. Now there is. And it's the human connection that is the most compelling, and surprising, part. All the frontline staff are either members of the Squamish or the Lil'wat Nation, and they take their role as ambassadors seriously.

December 2011

Lil'wat: Gas tax funding for Friendship Trail not approved - The Village of Pemberton received word back last week on three federal gas tax grant applications it had submitted but unfortunately only got a favourable response on one.

Squamish-Lil’wat: Event honours First Nations’ winter solstice traditions - For those looking for a little change from the usual, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) is set to host its first Winter Gathering next Thursday (Dec. 29) in celebration of the season. There will be a salmon barbeque, bannock on a stick as well as a range of activities and the works of various artists.

Lil'wat: Pemberton-area wetlands earn provincial designation - Local officials like Mount Currie Chief Lucinda Phillips applauded the ministry’s decision. "The Lil’wat Nation is pleased to see the protection of these wetland areas within our traditional territory," she said.

Lil'wat-Squamish: Cultural Centre sells wares through online store - The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre gift shop, a joint project between the province and the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations, now has a website.

November 2011

Lil'wat: Mount Currie gets funding towards hydro project

Lil'wat: Pemberton learns costs of early warning system

Squamish and Lil'wat: First year for local First Nation snowboard team

The Lil'wat World of Charlie Mack [Paperback]: Early in their ethnographic work, Randy Bouchard and Dorothy Kennedy were privileged to meet Charlie Mack. Born on the Mount Currie Reserve in 1899, he was a fascinating character and a font of wisdom, exemplifying by his way of life, his skills in trapping and canoe-making, and his knowledge of the history of his people, the living world of the Lil’wat, which the young ethnologists were able to record on tape and in their notes and photographs. Most important among what Charlie Mack gave them was a wide corpus of stories; he was a master storyteller, holding his listeners spellbound with his animated and dramatic delivery in both Lil’wat and English.

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