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Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary field grounded in the languages, histories, geographies, and contemporary experiences of Indigenous peoples

Territorial Acknowledgement

Territorial Acknowledgement 
"Kwantlen serves a region south of the Fraser River which overlaps with the unceded traditional and ancestral lands of the Kwantlen, Musqueam, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt and Kwikwetlem peoples."


For assistance with pronunciation please review: A Guide to the Pronunciation of Indigenous Communities and Organization in BC

Kwantlen First Nation

Proudly sharing the name of the Kwantlen First Nation, the word "Kwantlen" means Tireless Runner, and is reflected in the university's motto: 
"through tireless effort, knowledge, and understanding." The representation of a wolf and salmon in KPU's Coat of Arms, was created by former KPU Fine Arts student, Brandon Gabriel, nephew of the hereditary Chief of the Kwantlen People, Chief Marilyn Gabriel. 

In 2015, KPU appointed its first Elder in Residence, Lekeyten of the Kwantlen First Nation. In his role, Lekeyten supports Indigenous students on their educational journey sharing knowledge, traditions, teachings, and promoting an understanding and respect for Indigenous perspectives, cultures, and values.

Kwantlen First Nation: Web Resources
​Kwantlen First Nation 
Native Land Map: Kwantlen First Nation 
First Peoples Language Map: Kwantlen First Nation

Kwantlen First Nation: Books
Joseph Dandurand - Kwantlen First Nations author and poet

Musqueam First Nation

Katzie First Nation

Semiahmoo First Nation

Qayqayt First Nation

Qayqayt First Nation: Web Resources
Native Land Map: Qayqayt First Nation 
First Peoples Language Map: Qayqayt First Nation

Qayqayt First Nation: Film Streaming
Tribe of One (streaming)

Qayqayt First Nation: Books
From the Poplars (non-Indigenous author, writing about Qayqyat land)