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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

KPU's Territorial Acknowledgement 

"We at Kwantlen Polytechnic University respectfully acknowledge that we live, work and study in a region that overlaps with the unceded traditional and ancestral First Nations territories of the Musqueam, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt, and Kwikwetlem; and with the lands of the Kwantlen First Nation, which gifted its name to this university.  
In the cause of reconciliation, we recognize our commitment to address and reduce ongoing systemic colonialism, oppression and racism that Indigenous Peoples continue to experience."

See Territorial Acknowledgement at KPU on the Territorial Acknowledgement page on this libguide.

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

Kwantlen First Nation

Kwantlen First Nation and Kwantlen Polytechnic University

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

  1. ​Kwantlen First Nation 
  2. Native Land Map: Kwantlen First Nation 
  3. First Peoples Language Map: Kwantlen First Nation

Kwantlen First Nation: Books

  1. Joseph Dandurand - Kwantlen First Nation author and poet

Katzie First Nation

Semiahmoo First Nation

Qayqayt First Nation