2 Territorial Acknowledgement

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) takes its name from the Kwantlen First Nation.

We work, study, and live in a region south of the Fraser River which overlaps with the unceded traditional and ancestral lands of the Kwantlen, Musqueam, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt and Kwikwetlem peoples.

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.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University's coat of arms.

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Open Education Strategic Plan 2018-2023 by Rajiv Jhangiani is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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