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Video Messages

President's Update: June 21, 2021

June 16, 2021 - New KPU: learning and working in Fall 2021

June 11, 2021 - YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

June 1, 2021 - Reflecting on the Kamloops tragedy with the Indigenous Advisory Committee

May 19, 2021 - Celebrating our alumni

April 27, 2021 - An update on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion projects across KPU

April 16, 2021 - Team Service and Distinguished Leadership Awards

April 1, 2021 - Update from the Board of Governors meeting of March 31

March 24, 2021 - Staying connected with our alumni

March 18, 2021 - A sneak peek at the results of our Employee Insights survey

March 9, 2021 - Update: Planning for the Fall semester

February 26, 2021 - Financial update

February 11, 2021 - Celebrating Black History Month

February 5, 2021 - A virtual celebration of our 40th anniversary

January 27, 2021 - The importance of territorial acknowledgements

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I was fortunate to attend the KPU Indigenous Advisory Committee a few days ago. This is where members of the First Nations communities with whom we work join with our faculty, staff and administrators as well as others such as school district representatives to engage in aspects of Reconciliation.

This is important work and we are grateful for all the time and dedication so many are willing to spend as we do our best as a university for Indigenous students, employees and communities.

We always start with introductions and it is wonderful to hear the heartfelt recognition of traditional and ancestral lands from across the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and as far away as Alberta. This aspect of remote work and study enriches our understanding of Indigenous peoples and their lands.

Our Elder in Residence, Lekeyten, spoke passionately at the IAC, expressing his sorrow and pain that the City of Surrey had recently voted not to approve the following motion:

That the City of Surrey develop a meaningful, respectful acknowledgment before every council and committee meeting of our commitment as a city to reconciliation and recognition that the land we are on is the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people.

Last week, I decided, on behalf of the KPU community to write to the Mayor and Council on this matter to express our disappointment, and I added the following:

Sometimes we stumble or forget, but the expectation of our country, our province and our community is that we strive to do better in this respect.

Education is fundamental to reconciliation and I am sharing my request with Drs. Tinney and Johnston who work alongside us to raise awareness and understanding among our students

I respectfully ask Council to demonstrate its leadership by reconsidering its decision. 

We distributed this letter widely through social media, but you may have missed it.

We are not perfect in this matter. We struggle to get the acknowledgment right, since our region has a complex array of overlapping traditional and ancestral territories, and we are working on a clearer approach, as well as necessary policies and processes. We always do our best, and when that is not enough, we tirelessly strive to do better.

In that spirit, I am recording this video on the traditional lands of the Kwantlen and Semiahmoo First Nations, where I am lucky to live, and I am grateful to all the Coast Salish peoples for sharing their land in friendship and in peace.

In the meantime, be kind, be calm, be safe.

January 20, 2021 - Please participate in our upcoming employee surveys

January 13, 2021 - Reflections on recent events in the U.S.

January 6, 2021 - Happy new year from President Davis

2020 Updates

December 16, 2020 - ​Happy holidays from President Davis

December 9, 2020 - Highlights from the latest Report to the Board of Governors

December 2, 2020 - New minister appointed for Advanced Education and Skills Training

November 25, 2020 - Kudos to the team in the Teaching and Learning Commons

November 18, 2020 - Employees asked to continue to self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms, but active screening to end

November 12, 2020 - Thank you to our governance and administrative teams

November 6, 2020 - Staying engaged while working apart

October 28, 2020 - Masks soon to be mandatory in all indoor public spaces at KPU

October 21, 2020 - Research at KPU during the pandemic

October 14, 2020 - Financial update

October 7, 2020 - Staying connected while we are apart

September 30, 2020 - Enrolment update

September 23, 2020 - Thank you to our Long Service Award recipients

September 16, 2020 - A request to all KPU employees – please participate in our upcoming surveys

September 9, 2020 - Kudos to the KPU Libraries team

September 8, 2020 - Welcome to a September like no other

September 2, 2020 - KPU's Anti Racism Task Force

August 26, 2020 - Enrolment update

August 19, 2020 - KPU's award-winning TV ad

August 12, 2020 - A warm virtual welcome to KPU's new Vice President, Finance and Administration

August 5, 2020 - Going virtual – Fall convocation and the installation of our new Chancellor

July 29, 2020 - Video message from President Alan Davis