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September 17th, 2019

100 Women Whistler Invest in the Lil’wat Nation Youth Centre Intergenerational Storytelling Mural Project

(Mount Currie, BC): On Wednesday, August 28th, 2019, Mason Ducharme, Director of the Ts’zil Learning Centre, and Casey Gabriel, Youth Centre Coordinator, successfully presented the Youth Centre Intergenerational Storytelling Mural Project to 100 Women Whistler and were awarded $12,500.00.

100 Women Whistler is part of the 100 Who Care Alliance, with over 600 operational chapters across the globe. For one evening every quarter, more than 100 women gather in Whistler for one hour to contribute $100 each and vote for one of the three presenting member nominated registered charitable organizations. The organization that receives the most votes is awarded the pool of contributions. On August 28th, the member donation total was $12,500.00; 125 women contributing $100 each.

“The two other nominees included the Whistler Animals Galore (WAG), and the Whistler Film Festival. Both organizations do excellent work and provided convincing presentations. It was an honor to be nominated with them.” said Mason Ducharme, Director of the Ts’zil Learning Centre.

“The Youth Centre Intergenerational Storytelling Mural Project started off as an idea by the Lil’wat Youth Council, who wanted the Youth Centre to be covered with a mural since before the doors were opened.” said Casey Gabriel, Youth Centre Coordinator.

The Youth Centre Intergenerational Storytelling Mural Project is a project which fosters intergenerational relationships, mentorship, storytelling, and creativity. The project will start off with a call for proposals to find an artist to lead the project. Once this is complete, there will be a sharing circle with the youth, elders, and artist. At this sharing circle, the elders will share their Lil’wat Nation stories with the youth and artist. After the circle is complete, the artist and youth will create a concept art piece based off the elders’ stories. The youth and the artist will then work from the concept art piece to create a mural in the Lil’wat Nation Youth Centre.  Upon completion of the mural, the youth, elders, artist, and community will be invited to the unveiling of the Youth Centre Intergenerational Storytelling Mural, where the artist and youth will share a few words about what the art means to them.

“As youth from the Lil’wat Nation, we have been gifted the space to rediscover who we are and how we are connected to our land and values through art, song, storytelling and asking questions. With the Youth Council building this center and environment, we are forever grateful for this intergenerational mural storytelling project as it fits in with our vision and goals extraordinarily well. Our intention as the Youth Council is to have created a space for our youth to go and relax while learning more about themselves in a nice, non-invasive way with the chance to discover new ways they can express themselves. Many thanks to all the people who believed in this project and support us whatever way possible, it is creating strength and pride as well as reconnecting the generations. What a beautiful world to create with this opportunity,” said Elizabeth Peters, Lil’wat Nation Youth Council Representative.

“We are very proud to be able to support the Youth Centre Intergenerational Storytelling Mural Project.” said Ashlie Girvan, 100 Women Whistler Founder, “100 Women (Who Care) Whistler is designed to make an immediate positive impact on our community and we are all excited to see what this donation can bring to the Youth Centre.”

“This project is important. It is important because it provides an opportunity for the Lil’wat Elders and the Youth to connect in a safe and culturally relevant way: sharing stories; our stories; our history. I am grateful for the 100 Women Whistler contribution because it allows for a project that the community wants with no strings attached. This is a great example of reconciliation,” said Kúkwpi7 Skalúlmecw Chief Dean Nelson.

The project has started with a call for proposals. It is anticipated that the project will be complete before March 2020. Casey Gabriel and Mason Ducharme will be presenting to the 100 Women Whistler in either November or December 2019 with a progress report.

For More Information:

Mason Ducharme
Director of the Ts̓zil Learning Centre
Phone:  604-894-2300 ext. 2278
Cell:       604-902-0736

About the Líl̓wat Nation |

 The Líl̓wat Nation is a progressive First Nation’s community located 7 km north of Pemberton, BC. With a membership of almost 2,200 people — approximately 1,450 of whom live in the community — the Líl̓wat Nation is the third largest First Nation in the province. The Nation is striving towards self-determination for, and by, its citizens t by continuing to exert control over its Territory and resources. With economic development focused on land and resource management, Líl̓wat Nation is building the economic foundation for a sustainable community by exploring opportunities in retail, forestry, agriculture, energy projects and construction.

The Líl̓wat Nation’s government, headed by an elected chief, a cultural chief and an 11-person council, is committed to transparency and employs best practices in all aspects of governance.