Our sense of place is shaped by our experiences of culture; by creative industries, educational sites, stories, events, and art. Guiding us through the assets that create our local identity, the North Shore Culture Compass is an online navigational tool that helps us visualize the cultural landscape of the North Shore, allowing residents, visitors, and planners to connect with the community.
Mapped: Exploring North Shore Culture invites visitors to discover the powerful ability of cultural mapping to build community, with gratitude for the land it occupies. This interactive exhibition offers an opportunity to learn how to use the map, and to experience mapping as a means of defining space. This exhibition includes a giant map of the North Shore where you can add your stories and drawings, as well as projections by Mieke Jay Bray illuminating the gallery with local cultural gems. The North Shore Culture Compass encourages us to acknowledge our history and to allow it to guide us as we imagine the future of our community.
North Shore Culture Compass
The North Shore Culture Compass is a hub of cultural assets within the North Shore Region, which includes the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), the səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation, the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, and the District of West Vancouver. The Culture Compass is intended for residents, visitors, planners, and the cultural sector: it aims to build audiences, drive tourism, fill gaps, and encourage partnerships to better highlight our rich cultural diversity.
Culture and experience shape belief systems, education, the media, community development, and creative industries, which in turn influence our perception of place. It is essential to understand how these factors construct our interpretation of culture. Cultural mapping, therefore, is used in both a literal and a metaphorical sense: it goes beyond strict cartography to include cultural resources and information, which are recorded by alternative techniques. Cultural mapping has been recognized by UNESCO as a crucial tool for cultural preservation.
To find out more about the North Shore Culture Compass please click here.
We acknowledge that the cultural assets shown on this map are located, and take place, on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.