Surrounding our Pemberton-based company is the traditional territory of the Lil’wat7u or Lil’wat First Nation, spanning north to Whistler and extending out towards Lillooet. The majority of the Nation’s members reside in and around the town of Mount Currie, which shares the same name of the dramatic mountain that hovers more than 2300 vertical meters above our valley.
At Murphy Construction, we feel it is our responsibility to take into consideration the needs of our neighbouring communities and work together to pursue sustainability through economic impact and job security for future generations. In 2014, through a request for proposal bid, Murphy Construction was proudly awarded an opportunity to provide training, mentorship, construction management expertise, and job creation within the Lil’wat Nation.
What started with a collaboration to complete home renovations on Mount Currie land has grown into our third year of building multi-family housing units, a youth centre, hockey rink, and the 8-million post-secondary institution, Ts’zil Learning Centre. This new school is a landmark build for our team – the education opportunities will greatly impact the local communities and create a legacy for the future youth of the Lil’wat Nation. We look to the day our current labourers complete their Red Seal carpentry ticket through the school they helped build from the ground up.
Murphy Construction proudly delivered the 23,000 sq foot Gondola Barn for Vail Resorts on Blackcomb Mountain in the fall of 2018. Recent project start ups are the future Health and Healing Centre and the Gas Station on Highway 99 and Lillooet Lakes Road in Mount Currie.
We are currently made up of 70% First Nations, and as the company continues to grow, we remain committed to creating long-lasting careers for all of our employees. It has been empowering, motivating and inspiring for our entire staff to build projects for the families and businesses of the Lil’wat community – all within budget and on schedule. We strongly believe our relationship with the Lil’wat Nation is the foundation to every successful project completed to date.
Here is a video we made for the Small Business BC Awards to showcase how proud we are of our relationship with the Lil’wat Nation. We hope it inspires you as much as our team inspires us.