New CBC podcast reclaims Indigenous history one word at a time

“Discovery” and “reserve” are the first two words broken down in “Telling our Twisted Histories,” a CBC podcast that was released in late May. Hosted by actor Kaniehti:io Horn and directed by journalist Ossie Michelin, the 11-episode series educates listeners on decolonizing words through conversations with 75 people from 15 Indigenous communities whose lands now... Continue Reading

Surrey Gallery to showcase artwork inspired by local Japanese-Canadian history

In 2019, Cindy Mochizuki was an artist resident at the tech lab at the Surrey Art Gallery. During her residency, she researched Japanese-Canadian berry farming around Strawberry Hill just before World War II. “For over 20 years, I have been researching and digging into the Japanese-Canadian family history before the world war, and meeting with... Continue Reading

Vancouver’s first bunny café is just one hop away

On the corner of Commercial Drive and Venables Street, Vancouver’s first-ever bunny café will be opening its doors in the next couple of weeks. Michelle Furbacher, the owner and founder of Catfé, created the first cat cafe in Vancouver and Western Canada five years ago. She brought in rabbits as a pop-up event in 2019... Continue Reading

Join QMUNITY for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

This Sunday, QMUNITY, B.C.’s queer, trans, and two-spirited resource centre, will be hosting a virtual benefit starting at 11:00 am in support of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. Hosted by Libby Davies and David C Jones, the event marks QMUNITY’s seventeenth annual event, with this year’s theme being “Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing.” Guest... Continue Reading

Love Where You Live Campaign sparks Surrey’s community engagement

The Love Where You Live Campaign motivates Surrey residents to get involved in their communities by participating in garbage clean-up events. The City of Surrey launched the campaign on Earth Day, April 22, and it will run until the end of September. The campaign includes events like the 20-Minute Challenge, Neighbourhood Clean-up, and Park Clean... Continue Reading

She Connects: mentoring and empowering young women and gender-diverse folks

It has been two years since the four co-founders of She Connects, a virtual mentorship program for young women, joined forces to brainstorm how they could connect and support their communities. Since then, the initiative has brought on 30 mentors across Canada to be available to young women and gender-diverse students close to graduating high... Continue Reading

Passion for the Earth, the land, and all that exists on it – the KPU Geography Club

The Kwantlen Polytechnic University Geography Club encourages students to dive into the world of geography through documentaries, faculty talks, and field trips. The club is in the early stages of growing, and creators Eiren Lucero and Yhanu Sivapalan are looking forward to the social aspect of collaborating with like-minded students, as well as learning more... Continue Reading

KPU brewing students unveil their year-end signature beer collection

Twelve second-year brewing students had to get a little crafty in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s brewlab for their final year-end project. Approaching the end of their two-year program, the students collaborated in teams to create their own limited edition signature beers. This included the recipe, manufacturing, quality control, and marketing. The four brews were the Peak... Continue Reading

Surrey Art Gallery to host talk with collage artist Susan Jessop

Coquitlam paper collage artist Susan Jessop doesn’t let her art stay confined to a white canvas rectangle. Jessop will speak to viewers for a Thursday Artist Talk with the Surrey Art Gallery on May 6 from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm through Facebook Live. She says she hopes the audience will get an overview of... Continue Reading

KPU Sport and Recreation to host esports tournaments this summer

From May to July, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Sport and Recreation team will be hosting three esports tournaments for KPU students. The tournament for Fortnite duos will run from May 27 to 28, Rocket League 1v1s from June 17 to 18, and FIFA ‘21 1v1s from July 8 to 9. Each two-day tournament will be scored... Continue Reading

Surrey to host 10th annual ‘Party for the Planet’ Earth Day celebration

On April 22, the City of Surrey will be hosting the 10th annual “Party for the Planet” Earth Day event via Facebook and YouTube Live. The free event will take place from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and will feature local talent and Indigenous performances. The online event will include arts and crafts, photobooths, scavenger... Continue Reading

Vaisakhi 2021: Celebrating Sikh Heritage Month online this year

April is Sikh heritage month in Canada, where we recognize the contributions of the Sikh community across the country. On April 13, the Sikh community celebrated Vaisakhi online due to COVID-19. The festival marks the establishment of the Khalsa and the Sikh martial order by the tenth Guru, Gobind Singh Ji, who in 1699 fought... Continue Reading

KPUHacks hosts first virtual hackathon

On March 27, Kwantlen Polytechnic University presented KPUHacks, a cybersecurity hackathon that was done digitally to follow protocols in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was the first time KPU hosted its own hackathon. The event went from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, with over a dozen teams and participants competing in different challenges... Continue Reading

KPU Arts Speaker Series to present on international students and policy

On March 31, KPU political science instructor Conrad King will be wrapping up this semester’s Arts Speaker Series with his presentation “Governing Complexity: Future-proofing Higher Education Internationalization in Times of Uncertainty.” In collaboration with a team of other researchers looking at Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, King specifically looks at why international students... Continue Reading

A look at a new record label created for Indigenous musicians

Indigenous musicians who may have been struggling to find a record label to help produce their music may finally have somewhere to go. With the creation of Red Music Rising, a new Indigenous-owned and operated record label based in Toronto, more opportunities are now available for Indigenous musicians to release their work and who want... Continue Reading