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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

In recognition of the first annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Whistler Museum will be closed on Thursday, September 30.

In 2021, the Government of Canada named September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and a federal holiday. This declaration is in response to Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action No. 80, which calls for a statutory holiday “to honour Survivors, their families, and communities and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remain a vital component of the reconciliation process.”

September 30 was chosen, in part, because it is also Orange Shirt Day, which, since 2013, has been a day to recognize the ongoing harm inflicted on Indigenous communities by the residential school system. The orange shirt comes from the experience of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad. When she was a young girl, her grandmother bought her a brand new orange shirt, and, on her first day at a residential school, it was taken from her and never returned.

On this day, everyone is encouraged to learn, reflect on the history and ongoing legacy of harm caused by residential schools, and take action in support of truth and reconciliation.

If you are in Whistler, visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC).

September 30 will be a day of reflection and truth for the staff and visitors to the SLCC. Survivors from residential schools will speak. The Warrior song will be sung. Stories will be told. A seven-foot totem will be unveiled, commemorating the children of residential schools, including those missing and buried in unmarked graves.

Be gentle in your journey; for the SLCC Ambassadors, these truths are about themselves and their loved ones, and may be too fragile to surface.


The Whistler Public Library will be closed on September 30, but you can stop by between 11 am and 1 pm for their Truth & Reconciliation Book Giveaway, where they will be giving out over 100 fiction and non-fiction books for all ages around the theme of Truth and Reconciliation. You can also browse their Indigenous Collection and explore their list of books and other documents available at the library to learn more about the Residential School System and its repercussions that still affect Indigenous families and communities today.


Whistler 101: Indigenous Peoples was written and presented by Mixalhítsa7, Alison Pascal, Curator at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, as part of the Whistler 101 series. Watch the video below or watch it on YouTube here.


There are also many virtual resources and events that can help you to engage further with Truth and Reconciliation. Here are just a few:

Are you good at identifying people? Naming Night is back!

Naming Night may not be back at the museum, but it will be back online this week! Like previous Naming Nights, we’re seeking assistance in putting names to faces and places that appear in the Whistler area’s history. Whether you’ve been in the valley for decades or are new to the area, have lived here or visited over the years, are staying home in the valley or haven’t been back in an age, we’ll be displaying a collection of new (to Naming Night) photographs that we are searching for more information on. Help us identify your friends, family, coworkers, and anything in between!

We will be posting an album of photos on our Facebook page (find it here) at 7 pm on Thursday, September 23. Names and information can be added to each individual photo in the comment section, or you can even tag your friends in the photograph. Despite the physical distance, we hope the photos will still generate the discussions and debates about their who, what, where, when and why that we have enjoyed so much at our in-person events.

Annual Building Competition – That’s a Wrap!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 25th Annual Building Competition with LEGO Bricks this weekend! All of the creations were amazing!

A special thanks to our judges, who had the difficult task of scoring all of the entries:

We would also like to give a huge thank you to our sponsors for the event, who provided prizes and goody bag items:

Results

3 – 5

  1. Thomas Esnouf
  2. Ruardih Arris
  3. Ethan Kester

6 – 7

  1. Ollie Ford
  2. Miles Kobilinski
  3. Leah Carsen

8 – 12

  1. Rambo Nunez
  2. Noah + Micah Carsen
  3. Jude Winterbottom

If you didn’t pick up your goody bag at the competition, please come by the Whistler Museum any day. We can’t wait to see what everyone creates next year!

The 25th Annual Building Competition

Our Annual Building Competition with LEGO Bricks is back!

This year’s competition will be different than usual – submissions will be built at home and then brought to the Whistler Museum on August 28 for judging and prizes.

To register, give us a call at 604-932-2019 or email Keely at programcoord@whistlermuseum.org.

Find out more about this year’s competition HERE.