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Elder in Residence

KPU Elder in Residence

KPU welcomed its first Elder in Residence at a special installation ceremony on January 29, 2015.

The University is pleased to announce Lekeyten, of the Kwantlen First Nation, in this important role.

The primary focus of KPU’s Elder in Residence program is to support and encourage Indigenous students on their educational journey.  In his role, Lekeyten will share knowledge, traditions and teachings with individual students and groups and will work with the University to encourage and promote understanding and respect for Indigenous perspectives, culture and values. 

For more information on KPU's Elder in Residence, click here.

Territorial Acknowledgement


Kwantlen Polytechnic University serves a South Fraser Region of vast size and diversity, and is located in the shared traditional territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Qay'Qayt, and Tsawwassen First Nations.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is named after the Kwantlen First Nation of the Coast Salish People, who are based in Fort Langley. Over their history, the Kwantlen People have been respected throughout the Lower Fraser River Region as Ancient Messengers—Tireless Runners. The ethic of the Kwantlen People is reflected in the motto of Kwantlen Polytechnic University: “through tireless effort, knowledge, and understanding.” Additionally, the representation of the wolf and the salmon, which comprise the art work in the centre of Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Coat of Arms, was created by Brandon Gabriel, former Fine Arts student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and nephew of the hereditary Chief of the Kwantlen People, Chief Marilyn Gabriel. The image represents the cycle of life for all the inhabitants of the Lower Fraser River Region.

As a further indication of the mutual respect between the university and the First Nation whose name we share, the Chief of the Kwantlen First Nation has conferred the title and responsibility of Sí:yá:m (Leader) on both the Chancellor and the President & Vice Chancellor.