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Capilano University unveils rainbow crosswalk

There are now at least five rainbow crosswalks celebrating the 2SLGBTQ+ community on the North Shore
Rainbow Crosswalk at Cap U PM 2 web
From the left: Gary Fluffer Woods and Chris Bolton (also known as world-famous drag persona Conni Smudge), founders of the North Shore Pride Alliance, join Capilano University president Paul Dangerfield and Sḵwx̱wú7mes Elder Sempulyan in the first official crossing CapU’s rainbows crosswalk, Oct. 4, 2022.

Capilano University is the latest to add a rainbow crosswalk to the North Shore’s landscape.

The university unveiled the colourful symbol of diversity and pride for 2SLGBTQ+ students at the corner of Purcell Way and Greg Lee Way in a ceremony on Monday (Oct. 4).

“At CapU, we pride ourselves on cultivating a sense of community and having health and well-being at the cornerstone of our culture. And that means creating a space where everyone feels welcome and included,” school president Paul Dangerfield said in a release.

“At CapU, we are committed to doing better. We’re committed to instilling a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do, and that’s why this crosswalk is so important," he continued. "The crosswalk serves as a visible reminder to 2SLGBTQ+ students and colleagues that you have a community at CapU that not only cares, but will advocate on your behalf and be your allies.”

CapU’s rainbow crosswalk is now the fifth on the North Shore. Others include Lonsdale Avenue at 14th Street, Mountain Highway at Ross Road, outside the Delbrook Recreation Centre, outside the West Vancouver Police Department and at Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw’s (Squamish Nation's) Xwemelch'stn community.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly located the rainbow crosswalks in Central Lonsdale and Lynn Valley. The crosswalks are at Lonsdale and 14th Street and at Mountain Highway and Ross Road.