Upcoming KPU Arts Speaker event will explore the 'islandness' of Canadian regional politics

Kwantlen Polytechnic University political science instructor Dr. Valérie Vézina has long been fascinated with how islands and the people living on them are different from their mainland counterparts. In collaboration with her research assistants R. Georges Gardinetti, Deborah Hartendorp, and Joshua Green, the team is working to apply Vézina’s research on political “islandness” to the... Continue Reading

KPU to host “Redesigning Our World” as part of speaker series

In the wake of complex world crises, like the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, students and faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University are coming together to co-create interdisciplinary solutions. Dr. Shoshannah Bryn Jones Square and student collaborators are hosting KPU’s first installment of the Arts Speaker Series of 2021 with “Redesigning Our World” on Jan. 13.... Continue Reading

Fraser River Discovery Centre to showcase Indigenous heritage and culture

The Musqueam Indian Band and the Fraser River Discovery Centre Society have released a proposal to create a Learning Place where people can gain an “understanding of Indigenous heritage [and share] information about the teachings with all of those in the community of the traditional territory.” The Learning Place is expected to be a permanent... Continue Reading
These lanterns are displayed in the Philippines around the holidays. (Flickr/ Stitch)

A glimpse of what Filipino Christmas is like

Everyone is abuzz with Christmas just around the corner. All our plates are getting full by the numerous preparations like buying presents, planning the food for Christmas Eve, and decorating the whole place with lights and stockings.  The corners of our home suddenly come to life when we light up our Christmas tree together, with... Continue Reading

Local BIPOC business you can support during the holiday

Located on Front Street in the heart of New Westminster is Old Crow Coffee Co., a coffee shop that isn’t afraid to stand up for what they believe in while focusing on community and giving. Stephanie Thụy Vy Vũ, owner of Old Crow Coffee Co., opened the doors with two partners almost six years ago.... Continue Reading

Shaping Peace Together festival full of history and inspiration

The Shaping Peace Together Festival was held virtually over three days, from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29. It celebrated the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. The festival’s theme was unity, despite the circumstances of this year, while showcasing the rich diversity and compassion present worldwide. Global Peace Alliance held the festival this year virtually... Continue Reading

KPU international students share their thoughts on virtual convocation

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing restrictions, KPU and many other universities and schools organized virtual convocations this year instead of the usual in-person ceremony. Since March, KPU has stopped hosting large gatherings or events in response to COVID-19, and will continue until further notice. The upcoming spring convocation is scheduled from... Continue Reading

Coast Salish Christmas craft market goes virtual for the 2020 holiday season

The Coast Salish Christmas craft market went virtual this year, so folks could still participate and support local businesses this holiday season. Hosted by the Coast Salish Arts & Cultural Society and the Museum of Surrey for the third year, the market is running from Nov. 12 until Dec. 19 and features 43 vendors, selling... Continue Reading

Ecology and Fine Arts student collaborative project receives research award

Students in ecology, fine arts, and education courses collaborated across the different disciplines to make different kinds of projects to gain a deeper appreciation of their subjects during the process. While working remotely this year, Lee Beavington, Interdisciplinary Instructor and Learning Strategist, Carson Keever, Instructor of Ecology, and Amy Huestis, Instructor of Fine Arts, decided... Continue Reading

Tradition meets fashion in KPU chancellor’s recently unveiled regalia

Fusing historical Indigenous design with modern fashion technology, the regalia for KPU’s newest chancellor was recently unveiled. Kim Baird was installed as KPU’s third chancellor in a ceremony held on Oct.19, and her regalia was unveiled during the virtual convocation on Oct. 20. The regalia was designed by KPU graduate of the Wilson School of... Continue Reading

KPU to host fundamentals of anti-oppression workshop

A free workshop for Kwantlen Polytechnic University students is set to take place on Nov. 10 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and will be led by Cicely Blain, a renowned expert in anti-racism, diversity and inclusion. A grant was approved to bring an interactive workshop that focuses on social justice, anti-oppression, and intersectionality to... Continue Reading

KPU Social Enterprise Club hosts virtual Halloween movie night

In an effort to celebrate the spooky holiday with COVID-19 precautions in mind, KPU’s Social Enterprise Club hosted a virtual watching party for the live-action Scooby-Doo movie. Made possible by Netflix and the Chrome extension Teleparty (formerly known as Netflix Party), students talked about their favourite Halloween costumes, horror movies, and their online school experiences.... Continue Reading

Seven months into the new normal

As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on into its seventh month, loneliness, fear, and uncertainty are common feelings for people to experience in 2020. Each day brings new cases and deaths, job losses, potential government-ordered restrictions, and parents struggling to balance working from home while homeschooling their children. The SARS-CoV-2 virus targets and attacks a person’s... Continue Reading

KPU Indigenous Services host online bannock workshop

One cup of flour, one tablespoon of baking powder, one teaspoon of salt, one quarter cup of sugar, half a cup of water, and oil for frying are the ingredients required to make bannock, a fry bread. On Oct. 16, KPU Indigenous Community Coordinator Samantha Daniels, hosted a bannock cooking workshop for THRIVE month. The... Continue Reading

KPU Brewing announces recipients of Diversity in Brewing award

Designed to promote more diversity in B.C.’s craft brewing industry, KPU’s first Diversity in Brewing scholarship has been awarded to Nishant Amin, Jasper Bautista, and Alexander Paul. As a grassroots organization, Diversity in Brewing acknowledges that “racism and discrimination is a systemic issue within the craft brewing industry in Vancouver, B.C. and beyond.” The Diversity... Continue Reading