KPU Events

TFA Workshop for Employees: Inclusive Language and Anti-Oppressive Communication

Inclusive Language zooms in on language and communication practises that bring teams together for more respectful workplaces. This workshop combines media literacy, cultural safety and LGBTQ+ inclusion to dive deep into conversations about inclusive language. Participants can expect to practice with real world scenarios, mind map best practices for communication both in person and online and discover meaningful ways to foster inclusion with dialogue. 

Shanique Kelly is an equity and inclusion consultant and educator, event producer, community organizer, and DJ. Born and raised on the unceded, ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, Shanique works passionately to carve out safer community spaces for marginalized folks to connect, create, and celebrate in. 

We look forward to welcoming our colleagues to this workshop.

June 16th, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. PST (registration required)

To register, please email tfa@kpu.ca with subject line: “Please register me for June 16th workshop with Shanique Kelly.” Please email as early as possible, but no later than March June 14th. A Zoom link will be forwarded to all registered participants 24 hours prior to the workshop.

As we have limited seats, please double check your calendar to ensure you can attend and if you realize you no longer can, please cancel your registration at least 3 working days before the start date by emailing us at tfa@kpu.ca  so that we may offer the spot to someone else. 


TFA Workshop for Students: Introduction to Anti-racism

Please join us for “Introduction to Anti-racism” – a free workshop presented by Litzy Baeza

In this workshop, participants will expand their awareness of anti-racism work. They will explore the roots of racism and recognize the impacts of racism on an individual, institutional, and societal level. Participants will learn about ways to build awareness and encourage action to make communities more anti-racist, respectful, and equitable for all people.

June 18th, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. PST (registration required)

To register, please email tfa@kpu.ca with subject line: “Please register me for June 18th workshop for students.” Please email as early as possible, but no later than June 15th. A Teams link will be forwarded to all registered participants 24 hours prior to the workshop.

As we have limited seats, please double check your calendar to ensure you can attend and if you realize you no longer can, please cancel your registration at least 3 working days before the start date by emailing us at tfa@kpu.ca  so that we may offer the spot to someone else. 


Archived Events

Inclusive Digital Pedagogy in Exclusionary Times

When: May 18, 2021

Description: Many of us are familiar with the tenets and practices associated with Inclusive Pedagogy. But much of the literature and case-study work in this area centers traditional, face-to-face courses. This year, however, has underscored our urgent need for models of critically inclusive pedagogy for hybrid and fully-online spaces. What does it mean to teach inclusively in an online course? How can we ensure that digital learning spaces are spaces of radical welcome, as opposed to marginalization and exclusion? In this session, we’ll identify some principles with which we might answer those questions, and think about how they might be embodied in our own praxis.

Register at: https://www.kpu.ca/dpws


Anti-racism and Lessons from Liberation: A Free Workshop with Udokam Iroegbu (for KPU employees) – March 24, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Please join us for “Anti-racism and Lessons from Liberation” – a free workshop presented by Udokam Iroegbu from Bakau Consulting (formerly Cicely Blain Consulting)

March 24th, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. PST (registration required)

To register, please email tfa@kpu.ca with subject line: “Please register me for March 24th workshop with Udokam Iroegbu.” Please email as early as possible, but no later than March 22nd. A Zoom link will be forwarded to all registered participants 24 hours prior to the workshop.

Anti-Racism and Lessons from Liberation is an immersive and in-depth workshop that exposes our complicity in racist power structures that exist all around us. This workshop is both personal and political: an exploration into bias, systemic oppression, language, cultural appropriation and intersectionality. Participants gain a deeper understanding of the manifestations of racism from systems of power to workplace microaggressions and most importantly gain the skills to speak up and combat racism in their communities.

We look forward to welcoming our colleagues to this workshop.

As we have limited seats, please double check your calendar to ensure you can attend and if you realize you no longer can, please cancel your registration at least 3 working days before the start date by emailing us at tfa@kpu.ca  so that we may offer the spot to someone else.


Treating Stories with Care: A Workshop on Appropriation, Ethics, and Telling Your Own Stories 

A Free Workshop for KPU Students: March 11, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. PST

Registration is not required. Please email tfa@kpu.ca to get the link to the event

Description: An increasing engagement with Indigenous and 2Spirit/Queer stories and perspectives presents important opportunities for learning and deepening relationships, but it also carries the potential for appropriation, tokenizing, and harm. This 90-minute workshop and discussion will focus on how participants can engage Indigenous narratives with ethical care and draw on their own personal stories to act in solidarity, address systems of oppression, and foster social change.

Facilitated by Shane Sable

Shane Sable is a 2spirit Gitxsan artist, activist, and facilitator whose work focuses primarily on rematriating Indigenous sexuality through burlesque and community-engaged art and cultural activities. Shane is the convening member of Virago Nation, Turtle Island’s first all-Indigenous burlesque collective and the 2Spirit Programmer at the Vancouver Queer Arts Festival.

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Workshop with Udokam Iroegbu for KPU employees: Fundamentals of Anti-Oppression

Fundamentals of Anti-oppression dives deeper than your typical diversity and inclusion workshop. In this workshop, participants are given the opportunity to explore systemic oppression, social justice, privilege, identity and allyship through a variety of engaging activities. Through self-reflection, community- based inquiry, lessons from history and collaborative problem solving, participants gain the knowledge and skills to view the world through an anti- oppressive lens.

A Zoom link will be forwarded to all registered participants a minimum of 2 days prior to the workshop.

As we have limited seats, please double check your calendar to ensure you can attend and if you realize you no longer can, please cancel your registration at least 3 working days before the start date by emailing us at tfa@kpu.ca  so that we may offer the spot to someone else.

February 18th, 10:00 a.m. to noon PST

Register Here


Activism Outside and Inside the Institution: Strategies and Tactics for Increasing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

When: February 23, 2021

Description: In this session Tara Robertson will share some of the research on diversity, equity and inclusion, some of her personal experiences as an activist and DEI practitioner, strategies and tactics for advocating for systemic change both outside and inside institutions. Together we will co-create some tactics for making post-secondary education a more diverse, equitable and inclusive place.

Register at: https://www.kpu.ca/dpws


Treating Stories with Care: A Workshop on Appropriation, Ethics, and Telling Your Own Stories 

Faculty Session: February 11th, 3-4:30PM

Student Session: TBA

Description: An increasing engagement with Indigenous and 2Spirit/Queer stories and perspectives presents important opportunities for learning and deepening relationships, but it also carries the potential for appropriation, tokenizing, and harm. This 90-minute workshop and discussion will focus on how participants can engage Indigenous narratives with ethical care and draw on their own personal stories to act in solidarity, address systems of oppression, and foster social change.

Facilitated by Shane Sable

Shane Sable is a 2spirit Gitxsan artist, activist, and facilitator whose work focuses primarily on rematriating Indigenous sexuality through burlesque and community-engaged art and cultural activities. Shane is the convening member of Virago Nation, Turtle Island’s first all-Indigenous burlesque collective and the 2Spirit Programmer at the Vancouver Queer Arts Festival.


“Hope in A Time of Climate Grief: A Conversation with Jenna Butler”

October 29, 2020, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. PDT
Join us for a virtual conversation with Jenna Butler who will speak about climate grief, trauma and recovery, farming, and beekeeping.
Dr. Jenna Butler is a Canadian poet, essayist, editor, and professor. She is the author of: three books of poetry; a collection of ecological essays, A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail; and the Arctic travelogue Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard. Her newest book, Revery: A Year of Bees, is out with Wolsak and Wynn in October 2020.
Butler’s research into endangered environments has taken her from America’s Deep South to Ireland’s Ring of Kerry, and from volcanic Tenerife to the Arctic Circle onboard an ice-class masted sailing vessel, exploring the ways in which we impact the landscapes we call home. A woman of colour interested in multiethnic narratives of place, Butler teaches creative and environmental writing at Red Deer College in Alberta and runs an off-grid organic farm.
Please hold the date for: October 29, 2020, 1:00-2:00pm PDT.
Please register here: https://www.kpu.ca/bipocws
For further details, please contact Dr. Asma Sayed: asma.sayed@kpu.ca
Hosted by the Canada Research Chair in South Asian Literary and Cultural Studies​ and KPU Task Force on Antiracism


Anti-Oppression 101

When: Oct 14th from 12 – 2pm

Description: Join renowned anti-racism, diversity and inclusion expert Cicely Blain for an engaging workshop on anti-oppression. Anti-oppression 101 dives deeper than your typical diversity and inclusion workshop. You’ll explore systemic oppression, social justice, privilege, identity and allyship through a variety of engaging activities. Through self-reflection, community- based inquiry, lessons from history and collaborative problem solving, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to view the world through an anti-oppressive lens. This event is free, but it will fill up fast, so register now. You can register here.

A Zoom link will be forwarded to all registered participants a minimum of 2 days prior to the workshop. Please log in to the session 10 minutes prior to the start time. 


Indigenous Book Club at KPU. Registration begins Monday September 21. Email indigenousservices@kpu.ca