Netflix Announces Partnership with Indigenous Film Groups in Canada

At the 2019 Banff World Media Festival, Netflix announced a partnership with three Indigenous screen creators: imagineNATIVE, The Indigenous Screen Office, and Wapikoni Mobile. The collaboration is part of a five-year, $25 million fund to help support the “next generation of Canadian creators” in underserved communities, according to Global News.  imagineNATIVE will use this partnership... Continue Reading

Kwantlen Polytechnic University to Offer Mentorship Program for Former Youth in Care

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is taking steps to bring together former youth in care who make use of the provincial tuition waiver program. Of the 806 former youth in care who are using the waivers in British Columbia, 25 of them are currently studying at KPU according to Laura Vail, Director of Student Success for the... Continue Reading

The Committee of the Kwantlen People Plan Democracy-Themed Lecture Series

After sharing a petition that called upon the council and hereditary chief of the Kwantlen First Nation to begin moving towards a democratic system of government, the Committee of the Kwantlen People began planning a series of lectures about democracy to be held at the Kwantlen First Nation Cultural Centre in May. The Committee of... Continue Reading

Manager of Indigenous Services for Students to Vacate His Position on March 29

Len Pierre, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s manager of Indigenous services for students and member of the Katzie Nation, is leaving his position to become the cultural safety coordinator for the Fraser Health Authority. His last day at KPU is March 29. Pierre, who has only been with the university for five months, says that he wasn’t... Continue Reading

Kwantlen First Nation Hereditary Chief Responds to Petition Calling for New System of Government

  Thirty-one members of the Kwantlen First Nation, which allegedly totals more than 50 per cent of the voting-age adult population living on the reserve, submitted a petition to the Kwantlen hereditary chief and band council on March 8. Entitled “a Declaration of the Kwantlen People”, the petition calls for a new system of government... Continue Reading

My Experience Filing an Informal Complaint Against an Instructor

Last semester I experienced racial insensitivity from an instructor that made me so uncomfortable that I skipped a few classes, ultimately affecting my grade. None of this adheres to KPU’s policies regarding safety and diversity. I decided to file a complaint, but without the encouragement of one of my classmates, I never would have considered... Continue Reading

KDocs Screens Double Feature of Films on Fred Rogers and RBG

KDocs, KPU’s annual documentary film festival, hosted a one-day event on the Surrey campus on Feb. 6. The mini festival included a screening of two documentaries—RBG and Won’t You Be My Neighbour?—each of which focused on a beloved American icon. The double feature was followed by an address from keynote speaker Ellen Woodsworth and a... Continue Reading

KPU Aboriginal Gathering Place to Take New Direction

Changes are coming to KPU’s Aboriginal Gathering Place, known for now as simply the Gathering Place, under the direction of the Indigenous Advisory Committee. The decision to rename the space, made on Jan. 28, reflects a move made earlier this year to change the name of KPU’s Aboriginal Services to Indigenous Services for Students. The... Continue Reading

Indigenous Student Council Holds First Meeting

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Indigenous Student Council held its first meeting on Jan. 18. Among the items on the agenda were initiatives to get more Indigenous students at KPU involved in the council and coming up with event ideas for Indigenous Awareness Month in June. The Indigenous Student Council is the brainchild of Samantha Jack, a... Continue Reading

Secondary Consultations on Trans Mountain Expansion Project to Rely on Indigenous Perspectives

The people managing the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project, which was bought by the federal government in May for around $4.5 billion, is holding a second round of consultations with First Nations across the country to discuss its construction. This development is a result of a ruling by the Federal Court of Appeals in August... Continue Reading
Kathy Dunster is hoping to "re-indigenize" the area around Logan Creek with edible or medicinal plant life. (Amei-lee)

Horticulture Instructor Receives $25,000 to Restore Langley Forest

Kathy Dunster, an instructor in KPU’s horticulture department, has received a grant of $25,000 from CN EcoConnexions for the completion of the Logan Creek Integrity Project. The project is aimed at repairing the damage that has been done to the area around Logan Creek from buildings, road structures, and invasive plants seeded during the early... Continue Reading