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Campus/location : North Vancouver
Arms: Argent a salmon hauriant contourné Azure embellished Argent in the Coast Salish style above a barrulet wavy Azure, a chief indented of two Bleu Céleste
Crest: A stack of two books Argent bound Azure their spines to the dexter, flanked by dogwood flowers and maple leaves Argent
Supporters: Two bears Azure winged Bleu Céleste, both standing on a rocky mount proper
Motto: THROUGH LEARNING TO A GREATER GOOD
The arms were initially granted on September 15, 2010.
The salmon is an important local species, and is shown here in the artistic style of the original inhabitants of the North Shore area. The waves at the bottom of the shield indicate the university’s location near the Pacific Ocean, and the top section represents the nearby Coast Mountains. The white and the two shades of blue are the university’s colours.
The books are a traditional symbol of education, and the arrangement is inspired by the emblem used by Capilano College, the university’s predecessor. The maple leaves and dogwood flowers make reference to the fact that the university is located in Canada and British Columbia.
Bears are a local creature. In local First Nations mythology they are symbols of strength and are a link between the natural and supernatural realms. In mediaeval bestiaries, bears were said to give shape to their own young, and therefore bears can represent the forming of the young, a metaphor for education. The wings refer to the idea of aspiration and can allude to ravens, another local creature immortalized in First Nations mythology and associated with intelligence and creativity. The rocky base refers to the nearby Coast Mountains that are such a dramatic aspect of the local landscape.