Squamish Nation unveils rainbow crosswalk on Metro Vancouver's North Shore

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      The North Shore just got even more LGBT– and two-spirit–inclusive. And colourful.

      The Squamish Nation held an official unveiling ceremony on October 4 for its rainbow crosswalk located on Welch Street at Capilano Road.

      In attendance were the Squamish Nation Council, West Vancouver Mayor Mary-Ann Booth, District of North Vancouver councilors, B.C. MLA Bowinn Ma, and North Vancouver School District trustee Kulvir Mann.

      The family-friendly event included a dinner and party at the Chief Joe Mathias Centre, featuring Indigenous drag performers and a live performance by the local band Queer as Funk.

      Previously, the City of North Vancouver had unveiled a rainbow crosswalk at Lonsdale Avenue and 14th Avenue on August 16.

      Although most Lower Mainland municipalities have a rainbow crosswalk, they remain controversial in some areas. On September 3, the City of Chilliwack rejected a request for one.

      Shortly thereafter, the Chilliwack education board narrowly approved the painting of one in their parking lots after a heated debate on September 17.

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