Whistler is known the world over for its festive atmosphere and abundance of outdoor adventures, but we also honour the human connection to the land that dates back thousands of years. Indigenous peoples have thrived in the Whistler area for millennia and their rich traditions, oral history and contemporary culture can teach us a great deal about how to coexist with the natural world – and one another.
The Líl̓wat7ul (Lil’wat Nation) to the north and Sk̲wxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) to the south have stewarded this shared territory since time immemorial. The village of Spo7ez (which you might recognize as Function Junction today) was a communal gathering place for peaceful trade and commerce. Today, the two nations continue their partnership and influence on Whistler and the Sea to Sky through a shared cultural centre and land stewardship.
From ancient mythology to art and cuisine, here are a few tips to broaden your understanding of Indigenous culture in the Whistler area.
PUBLICATION: The Whistler Insider Blog (whistler.com)
Photo: Amber Turnau, Substrate Studios