10:00 am – 11:00 am – Whistler Olympic Plaza – Traditional Pole Blessing

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Join us in celebration to bless the newest addition to Whistler’s Olympic Plaza. The Olympic Lightning Figure, a welcome pole carved by Squamish Nation master carver Ray Natraoro(Sesiysm) and Lil’wat Nation carver Delmar Williams(Bankscht).

The carving will be blessed in a traditional ceremony conducted by Squamish and Lil’wat community members and Whistler’s Mayor Ken Melamed.

The carving was created to honor the Olympic legacy, the families of the area, and the legend of lightning snakes which is depicted in the pole carving design. The lightning snakes brought skills and tools to the Squamish and Lil’wat people to allow them to flourish here in their traditional territory.

This celebration is a component of Cultural Journey Phase II, a Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre initiative supported by Western Diversification and provincial, municipal, and corporate donors designed to increase cultural tourism in the Sea to Sky corridor through a combination of capital and educational programming activities.

Everyone is welcome!

After the traditional blessing please join us at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre for more festivities including:

Aboriginal Art Show
Shop and learn more about First Nations art directly from some of the leading artists in the region who will be demonstrating carving, weaving, and painting.

Performances starting at 12:00 pm
Enjoy a regalia fashion show highlighting regalia created for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and view hourly screening of short films about cultural practices created by Lil’wat youth.

Food and Beverage
See how salmon was traditionally smoked over hot coals, bake your own bannock on a stick, and sample Xuseum – a traditional soap berry soda.

Spend some time in the sun, enjoying our summer BBQ
Grilled salmon burgers and bison sausages featured on our cafe menu.

Exhibit and Gallery Admission by Donation