The Sťáťimc Heritage and Learning Centre is dedicated to the ancestors, and,
with deep respect, to the Elders, who, by sharing their wisdom and leadership, provide
the knowledge, skills and values that have assured and will continue to assure the
vibrancy of the St’át’imc culture.
“Our children need to learn to speak our language and to learn our ways.
I am so afraid that, in the future, our children and their children will not be able to
reply when someone asks them ‘Who are you? Who are your ancestors?’ And people will
wonder who they are….
Josephine Thom (Cácl'ep) 1889-1987
Recorded in an interview by LDIC,
Sťáťimc Heritage and Learning Centre Design
The Sťáťimc Heritage and Learning Centre will be built beside the Recreation Centre on Main Street Lillooet British Columbia on land
donated by the District Municipality of Lillooet. The design will incorporate a
S7ístken (or traditional pit house), an image associated with the
Sťáťimc traditional way of life. Designed to be
environmentally-responsible in construction and operation, the 15,000 square foot
Centre will respect the values and traditions of the Sťáťimc
The current design for the Sťáťimc Heritage and Learning Centre will house:
- A museum/gallery
- A performing arts/and, possibly, a movie theatre
- Artefact Storage
- A language laboratory
- Arts & crafts workshop
- A publication centre
- An elders lounge
- A gift shop
- Library/conference facility
It is intended that the Sťáťimc Heritage and Learning Centre will become a registered training institute with the ability to deliver accredited language courses and eventually other accredited training programs. Income from the gift shop and the rental of facilities will support the Centre’s operation and maintenance. The museum/gallery and the coordination of Lillooet area interpretive programs will enhance and build on Lillooet’s growing reputation in the tourism market with visitors traveling by rail, tour bus, and private vehicles.
Beyond these considerations, the Sťáťimc Heritage and Learning Centre will showcase the past and present cultural accomplishments of the Sťáťimc people. The Sťáťimc Heritage and Learning Centre will promote knowledge and mutual understanding and will be a source of pride for all citizens.
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Become a Member!
The USLCES Board of Directors is working to raise the approximately $6 million required to build the Sťáťimc Heritage and Learning Centre.
Join now and help us start the future today!
Benefits of becoming a member:
- You will contribute to making the Sťáťimc Heritage and Learning Centre vision a
- You are investing in the future of your community;
- Your commitment helps us market the project to funding agencies;
- You will receive information on the centre’s progress at the Annual General
- The right to vote at the annual general meeting;
- Life memberships, sponsorships, and donations will receive a charitable tax receipt;
- Sponsors will be recognized in the Sťáťimc Heritage and Learning Centre
Kukwstumúlhkal’ap ta swá7lapa paqwál’ikstmin ts7a, kw
sptinusinaláp I wa7 smets lts7a, múta7 swa7lápa
Thank You ...for listening, reading, and considering this!
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