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History in the Making: Diverse Cultures and Heritages in Canada

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D E S T I N A T I O N C A N A D A British Columbia the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre (SLCC). Treat your team to a gourmet culinary feast of modern fl avours combined with traditional and locally sourced ingredients amongst the intricate carvings, ceremonial masks, canoes and regalia that the centre houses. SLCC Cultural Ambassadors, clothed in vibrant and ceremonial dress, make the experience even more memorable as they share authentic stories through songs and dances that honour their living cultures. The SLCC offers a variety of opportunities to add meaningful cultural connections to your celebration. These include a guided procession from the nearby Four Seasons Resort Whistler, complete with traditional song and dance, and a ceremonial welcome to the traditional territories of the Squamish and Lil'wat Nations. Having worked with the SLCC on many events, Vancouver-based destination management company Pacifi c Destination Services (PDS) has incorporated a variety of these experiences into their programs, from hoop dancing and interactive activities with artisans showcasing their craft, to Talking Stick ceremonies honouring VIPs. The Talking Stick is a powerful communication tool used during council meetings—as it is passed from person to person, only the individual holding it has the right to speak without interruption, ensuring that every voice is heard and respected. Amanda Dreger, senior operations manager, PDS, says, "We fi nd these experiences to be tremendously impactful to our guests; they allow First Nations cultures to be showcased in an educational and enjoyable way." Take your top performers on a cultural journey along the Sea to Sky Corridor. Offering more than just breathtaking Pacifi c Ocean and Coast Mountain views, the route, which runs from Vancouver through to Whistler, is marked by unique opportunities to learn about the traditions of the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations at historical sites, museums and galleries, and to savour a variety of Indigenous cuisines. In downtown Vancouver, the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art was established to showcase the works of the late Bill Reid, a Haida master goldsmith, carver and sculptor, and to celebrate the diverse living cultures in the Northwest Coast. It is Canada's only public gallery dedicated to contemporary Indigenous art of this region. Enlightening artist talks and artist-led workshops will provide your top performers with a greater understanding and appreciation of Indigenous values and cultures. Celebrate your team's success with a gala among the exhibits, enhanced by a gallery tour. In Whistler, members of both the Squamish and Lil'wat Nations united to preserve, share and grow their traditional and modern cultures at Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre PHOTO: SQUAMISH LIL'WAT CULTURAL CENTRE/LOGAN SWAYZE PHOTO: SQUAMISH LIL'WAT CULTURAL CENTRE/BLAKE JORGENSEN PHOTO: DESTINATION BC/HUBERT KANG Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre 2 See the group dining experience at Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

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