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Indigenous Peoples' Month

Gathering Place


Indigenous Services for Students felt that one day in June wasn’t enough to celebrate all the Indigenous cultures and resilience on Turtle Island, so we’re taking the whole month of June! We’re bringing an entire month of activities, lunches, presenters and screenings to center Indigenous excellence, resilience, and brilliance in the month of June.


Event Calendar (some times and locations may change as the schedule is updated):


June 3rd – 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM @ Surrey Main Courtyard | Elder-in-Residence Lekeyten opens Indigenous Peoples’ Month at KPU


June 5th – 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ The Gathering Place | Screening of Colonization Road  – coffee, tea and snacks provided


June 7th – 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ the Gathering Place | Coffee and Bannock with the Future Students Office! – In partnership with the Future Students Office, we are inviting prospective students to join us in the Gathering Place to meet some Indigenous Services for Students and Future Students Office staff and other prospective students. Build some connections with other students that might be joining you in your studies at KPU and ask our staff any questions you might have!


June 11th – 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM @ Surrey Main Courtyard | Aboriginal Family Healing Court Conference: Culture and Community as a Healing Factor in Family Justice – Planned and hosted by Criminology Faculty member Lisa Monchalin, come and hear from cultural and professional experts in the field of family justice in Indigenous communities. Featuring: Joshua Bailey (Mohawk), KPU Alumni, Aboriginal Family Healing Court Conference Program Coordinator, Spirit of the Children Society. Francis James (Sto:lo) Cultural Connection Worker, Spirit of the Children Society. Elder Alvin Kube (Saulteau, Cree, Alberta) Elder to the Aboriginal Family Healing Court Conference Project. Elder Kathy Louis, (Samson Cree Nation, Alberta), Elder to the Aboriginal Family Healing Court Conference Project. 


June 12th – 12:00 – 2:00 PM @ Richmond Campus Atrium | Lunch at the Gathering Place – Join us in the Richmond Campus Atrium for some good company and good food! 


June 13th – 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM @ The Gathering Place | Traditional History of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ – Come and hear Terry Point, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Traditional Story-teller and Historian, and Aboriginal Program Coordinator for Richmond School District, discuss xʷməθkʷəy̓əm history and the Downriver dialect, hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓.


June 14th – 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM @ the Gathering Place - Traditional History of the Kwantlen First Nation with Lekeyten – Join Elder in Residence, Lekeyten, in a discussion of the traditional history of the Kwantlen First Nation, the namesake of our University.


June 17th – 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Surrey Main Courtyard | Fatherhood and Men’s Responsibility – Come and hear from multiple speakers about the role of men and fatherhood in raising a new generation of men and boys to fight against the toxic masculinity that contributes to violence against women and children. In partnership with the Moose Hide Campaign.


June 18th – 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM @ The Gathering Place | Career Workshop  Come and spend some time with Career Services and get some help spiffing up that resume! Career Services staff will be on hand in the Gathering Place to help any students that are looking for that next opportunity!


June 19th – 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Fir 134 | Flower Beading with Deni Paquette Come and spend some time beading with Deni Paquette a Métis Elder, educator, beader and capote maker! Come be inspired by beautiful Métis flower beading designs and make a flower to take home. Co-hosted by Andrea Niosi and Marketing 4201 and open to everyone!


June 21st 2:00PM - 3:00PM @ The Gathering Place | “We get our education from the land”: Student Perspectives of Indigenous Food Sovereignty – Come for an informative presentation on Indigenous Food Sovereignty by KPU’s very of Megan Matthews! In August 2018, a Summer Institute was hosted in Mi’kma’ki, the traditional and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. Approximately 10 post-secondary students and early-career researchers (who identified as both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) attended the 5-day, experiential learning program that explored the relationship between the land, water and air, and its overall connection to health and wellbeing. There was also a particular focus on educating the participants about Indigenous food sovereignty (IFS) and the concept of Two-Eyed Seeing.

This master’s research study explored the experiences and perspectives of the students who attended the Summer Institute. Primarily, how they perceived the activities of the Summer Institute as shaping their understandings of IFS, and how they think Two-Eyed Seeing could be used as a means to understand and address IFS. This presentation will highlight the key findings from this research study, followed by a discussion on the implications of the participant’s experiences.


June 27th – 12:00 – 2:00 PM @the Gathering Place | Lunch at the Gathering Place – Join us in the Gathering Place for some good company and good food! 


June 27th – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM @The Gathering Place | Decolonial Self Love – Join us in the Gathering Place for a workshop by Virago Nation’s Shane Sable! The goal of this workshop is to provide participants with tools and confidence to prioritize and execute a self-care program with a decolonial lens that specifically addresses the lived experiences of colonized individuals/communities/cultures. If you would like to participate bring a pen and notebook as this is a facilitated writing workshop!


More dates and events to come!