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Telling Traditions 

Heritage Week 2022

One of the main goals of the North Shore Culture Compass is to reflect the diverse traditions, cultures, religions, and communities that span North Vancouver, West Vancouver, and part of the territory of the Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation.  

Altogether Inclusive is the theme for Heritage Week 2022. We are happiest when we can be ourselves while celebrating our differences in experiences, backgrounds, and ways of thinking.

Traditions are an expression of cultural identity, providing insight into one’s history, religion, values, and society. They can be expressed in many ways: through stories, language, food, music, dance, lighting candles, decorating trees, and more.  


The North Shore Culture Compass invites you to share your favourite tradition for a chance to win a day out on the North Shore and to be featured as part of an online exhibition. Your tradition may also find a permanent home on the North Shore Culture Compass!

Submissions extended to Mar 31, 2022

How to Share Your Tradition

Using the form below, submit

  • 150 word description
  • up to 3 images to illustrate your tradition  (eg. photo photo/drawing/ piece of art)
  • location related to the tradition – North Shore or beyond!

A Day Out On The North Shore Prize Package!


  • $50 giftcard for La Cerveceria
  • giftcard for Reckless Shipyards: 2-hour eBike rental for 2!
  • Vancouver’s North Shore swag – hat, water bottle, beer glass, tote bag and more!


Thank you to Vancouver’s North Shore for putting together this prize package!



Contest Terms & Conditions
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No purchase is necessary. By submitting your tradition, you agree to the below Terms and Conditions, and Contest (prize draw) Rules.

CONTEST (PRIZE DRAW) PERIOD: Contest opens Feb 21, 2022 at 12:00AM PST and closes March 21, 2022 at 12:00 PM PST.

ELIGIBILITY: This contest (prize draw) is only open for legal residents of British Columbia, Canada who have submitted a tradition through the online form. The contest is not open to employees of North Van Arts, Heritage BC or Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism. Maximum one (1) contest (prize draw) entry, per tradition, per person. Not adhering to the Terms and Conditions, and Contest Rules may lead to disqualification at any time.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: One (1) grand prize winner will be randomly chosen by North Van Arts on March 22, 2022. The winner will be contacted via the email address they provided when submitting a tradition and must respond within 72 hours to claim their prize. Winner will be redrawn if no response is received within 72 hours. If the randomly selected winner of the Grand Prize is under the age of majority in BC (19 years old), they must provide permission from a parent or guardian to claim the prize. The prize has no cash value and is non-transferrable.

EMAIL COMMUNICATION: By entering the contest (prize draw), you agree to receive one (1) email communication from North Van Arts. You will not be subscribed to the email subscriber base unless you indicated your consent in the online form.

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Banner & poster images, left to right: Turkic Spring Festival, Lunar New Year lanterns,  Hallowe’en pumpkin by Szabo Janos via unsplash, Ramadan, cedar weaving, St John’s Anglican church, Nowruz by Ashkan Forouzani via unsplash.