Posted by: cherylyoung | July 19, 2012

Salish First Nations people were the first to call Mt. Currie their home

In the lush Pemberton Valley north of Vancouver

is the old First Nations community of Mount Currie,

the busy heart of the Mount Currie Reserve of

the Lil’wat group of the Stl’atl’lmx Nation.

Salish First Nations people were the first to call this

area their home when they settled at the foot of

majestic Mount Currie and the head of Lillooet Lake.

This is the traditional territory of the Lil’wat

Nation, who today are headquartered in Mount

Currie and D’Arcy, with smaller communities

sprinkled along Lillooet Lake.

The Coast Salish First Nations people inhabited

the land around Whistler for many thousands of

years, hunting and gathering and living a nomadic

lifestyle on the land.

 

 

The Whistler Valley was an isolated wilderness

frequented only by the Lil’wat Nation from the

Mount Currie area and the Squamish Nation who

lived in an area stretching from present day North

Vancouver to the Squamish River watershed and

the northern area of Howe Sound

(Gibson’s Landing).

On some of the mountains that rise sharply from

the valley bottom, there are pictographs –

drawings on rocks – that carbon dating indicates

were put there about 2,500 years ago by the

ancestors of the Lil’wat people.

During roadwork by the BC Highways Ministry in 2001, a 7,400-year-old tool was discovered.

Although Whistler is located within the boundaries

of the Lil’wat Nation’s traditional territory, Mount

Currie is a world away from the multi-million-dollar

homes, exclusive restaurants and the star appeal

of the renowned ski resort.

While that is not likely to change any time soon,

what did change was the role the Lil’wat Nation,

and other First Nations in the region, played in

the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

hosted by Vancouver and Whistler.

They were involved from the early days of the bid

process in recognition of hosting the games in their

traditional territory.

The Mount Currie settlement and mountain were

named after Scottish settler John Currie, who

located to Quebec in 1851.

 

After failure as a gold seeker in California and the

Cariboo, Currie turned to ranching and finally

settled near Pemberton with his Lillooet Indian wife

in 1885.

From the time of their first contact with

Europeans, the Lil’wat have always been

characterized by their friendliness towards visitors.

Population: 1,400

Location: Mount Currie is located on Highway 99,

the Sea to Sky Highway, 40 minutes north of

Whistler and 5 minutes east of Pemberton village.

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