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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 

We at Kwantlen Polytechnic University respectfully acknowledge that we work, live, and study in a region that overlaps with the unceded, traditional and ancestral lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), q̓ic̓əy̓  (Katzie), SEMYOME (Semiahmoo),sc̓əwaθən məsteyəxʷ (Tsawwassen), qiqéyt (Qayqayt), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), and the lands of the qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen) First Nation, which gifted its name to this university.

In the cause of reconciliation, we recognize our commitment to address and reduce the ongoing systemic colonialism, oppression and racism that Indigenous Peoples continue to experience.
 Audio-visual territorial acknowledgement.

News at KPU

NIKKLA respectful terminologies project
χʷəχʷéy̓əm Indigenous Collection Surrey Launch & Richmond Launch & Langley Launch
KPU student Jennifer Lamont's Dancer print to be featured in χʷƏχʷe ỷƏm Library space

Need help? Contact your Indigenous Studies Subject Liaison Librarian Rachel Chong. 

News: CBC Indigenous

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New Books

Book cover: Gyaagang.ngaay : the monumental poles of Skidegate / Heather Ramsay.
Book cover: How I survived : four nights on the ice / by Serapio Ittusardjuat ; illustrated by Matthew K. Hoddy
Book cover: Joy of Apex / by Napatsi Folger ; [illustrated by Ann Kronheimer].
Book cover: Magical beings of Haida Gwaii / Gid7ahl-Gudsllaay Lalaxaaygans, Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson and Sara Florence Davidson ; illustrated by Judy Hilgemann and Alyssa Koski.
Book cover: A Haida wedding / by Gid7ahl-Gudsllaay Lalaxaaygans Gaadaaldyas, Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, with Guud San Glans, Robert Davidson ; forewords by Gwaaganad, Diane Brown and Skil K', Reg Davidson.
Book cover: It stops here : standing up for our lands, our waters, and our people / Rueben George with Michael Simpson.
Book cover: Becoming a matriarch : a memoir / Helen Knott.
Book cover: Indigenous ingenuity : a celebration of traditional North American knowledge / Deidre Havrelock and Edward Kay ; with illustrations by Kalila Fuller
Book cover: Indigenous motherhood in the academy / edited by Robin Zape-tah-hol-ah Minthorn, Christine Nelson, Heather J. Shotton
Book cover: Indigenous media arts in Canada : making, caring, sharing / Dana Claxton and Ezra Winton, editors
 Out of concealment : female supernatural beings of Haida Gwaii / Gid7ahl-G̲udsllaay Lalaxaaygans = Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson ; forewords by Wade Davis and GwaaG̲anad = Diane Brown

Indigenous Services and Reconciliation efforts at KPU

The following are links to KPU's Indigenous Services and other efforts towards reconciliation.