Spring Opt Out Notice

Notice of member opt out

KPU students who do not wish to be members of KPIRG can receive a membership fee refund. Students who receive this refund will no longer be members of KPIRG and will not be able to access the resources available.


Since PIRGs are student-directed, what PIRGs do depends on the interests of the students who are involved. Most PIRG projects are coordinated by student-initiated Working Groups. While board members, as student volunteers, may identify projects and programs for the PIRG, their primary role, along with staff members, is to support the interests of students in the working groups.

PIRGs give busy students the opportunity to take effective action to improve their communities. By providing resources, training, ideas, and support, PIRGS allow students to devote their time to the issues that they choose. Also, PIRGs work with students to organize educational events on public interest issues and coordinate research in collaboration with university departments, professors, and the community.

March 6, 7, 8, 9 2017

12:00pm – 4:00-pm

Contact staff@kpirg.ca for submission locations

Refund amounts will be calculated based on credit registration per semester.

In order to receive a refund, students must come by in person to the Aboriginal Gathering Place, unless otherwise noted.

  • Receipt of fee payment
  • Registration form indicating total tuition credits paid (the detailed breakdown of tuition and fees available from the KPU/myKwantlen website)
  • Valid Student I.D. card

Students cannot collect a fee refund on another student’s behalf.

Information: email office@kpirg.ca

Cracks in the Concrete Conference


Our sister PIRG, VIPIRG is hosting their 2nd Annual Cracks in the Concrete Conference. If you’re on the island on March 24 – 26, try to drop in!

2nd Annual Cracks in the Concrete Conference
Theme: Isms of the 22nd Century

Have you ever wondered what the world would look like in the future? Currently, humanity is faced with all sorts of hardships; from climate change to the mass media, and as time goes on, one of the most relevant questions people ask is if things are going to get better or worse.

One of the ways to answer this question involves looking at the world through a perspective of community organizing, social movements, and activism. Last year, we explored the intersections of racism, sexism, and environmentalism. This year we are going to examine what those very issues are going to look like in the future.

Our conference is going to have six different panels with students, academics, activists, and community organizers from Victoria and elsewhere talking about their visions for the future of our planet. This will be accompanied by a keynote event with Kat Blaque, a transgender woman of color that is known for the YouTube show, True Tea. She will be talking about the ways in which internet culture has potential to shape our society going through the 21st century.

Link to the conference: http://www.vipirg.ca/conference/

Email all accessibility requests to info@vipirg.ca, or call 250-721-7285.

All venues are wheelchair accessible.

An ASL interpreter is confirmed, but please email us by Friday, March 17 at noon if you’ll be needing this service so we can pre-arrange seating, etc.

Childcare is also available.

Email: info@vipirg.ca
Phone: 250-721-7285

Community Discussions on Organizing for People Power


Please join KPIRG and Organizing for People Power (OPP) for an empowering series of community discussions based on real life organizing experiences. All events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided. Accessibility information below.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/687839044716064/

1) Grassroots Organizing for Reform & Revolution: Local Victories and Lessons from the Vancouver Bus Riders Union
Tuesday January 17, 5pm, room FIR 240

2) Looking Forward – Looking Back: The Black Panther Party and People Power
Thursday January 19, 2pm, room FIR 232

3) Transformation and Liberation: Learning from the Philippine Revolution
Monday, January 23, 2pm, room CEDAR 2005

4) Organizing For People Power: Can we build a grassroots movement to change everything in Surrey?
Wednesday, January 25, 5pm, room FIR 232

Note: folks are welcome to attend any or all of the workshops listed above!

*Feel free to bring children with you; there will be no formal childcare on site, but kids (and other family members) are very welcome to attend with you!
*All workshops will be wheelchair accessible at a TBD location at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
*We ask all guests to refrain from wearing scented products to the event so that we can create a scent free space
*For more specific accessibility information, please contact organizingforpeoplepower [at] gmail [dot] com

KDocs Presents: Flin Flon Flim Flam


Thursday, January 26, 2017
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Fir 128
4:30 – 7:30PM


KDocs is proud to announce that it will be holding a special FREE! on-campus screening of Flin Flon Flim Flam.

There is no cost–this event is FREE!–but you must pre-register at flinflon@kpu.ca.

SPECIAL GUEST: John Dougherty, Investigative Reporter, Business and Political Writer, Columnist, Publisher, and Director, Flin Flon Flim Flam

LOCATION: KPU Surrey campus, Fir 128

Refreshments will be served, and the film will be followed by a Q&A/panel discussion with special guests.

View the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3O-vqbJpHw
Visit the film online at http://www.investigativemedia.com/flin-flon-flim-flam/
Visit KDocs online at www.kdocsff.com.

About the Film:
“InvestigativeMEDIA turns its unflinching focus on Canadian miner Hudbay Minerals Inc. and its controversial plans to construct the massive Rosemont open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains on the Coronado National Forest southeast of Tucson.

InvestigativeMEDIA’s John Dougherty documents Hudbay’s legacy of lead poisoning in a remote Manitoba community where the company operated a notorious copper smelter for 80 years.

He then turns to Hudbay’s former operations in Guatemala where the company stands accused of murder, rape and shootings in a precedent setting civil trial.

Dougherty travels to the Peruvian Andes documenting indigenous villagers occupying a mine site after Peruvian police beat and teargased protestors angry over Hudbay’s failure to abide by an agreement.

Dougherty uncovers Hudbay’s misleading statements over its proposed Rosemont copper project and the ecological treasure that would be destroyed if the mine were constructed.”

Job Posting: KPIRG Electoral Officer (2017) – Posting closed

Yes, KPIRG has another position open and we are looking for qualified candidates! If this description speaks to you, send us your resume!


JOB POSTING: KPIRG Electoral Officer (2017)
Closing Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
Part-Time Casual: 1-5 hours / week
Term: Mid-January to Mid-March

The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group is a non-profit organization that operates to serve students and the community by providing resources to literature and research on various social justice initiatives.  We aim to provide a grass roots initiative that supports all around social justice for the communities around Kwantlen Polytechnic University that resides on Katzie, Tsleil Waututh, Musqueam, Semiahmoo, Tsawassen and Kwantlen territories.

The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group (KPIRG) will be putting out a call for nominations for folks interested in sitting on the KPIRG Board of Directors in late January. To run this process, we are looking for an Independent Electoral Officer who is responsible for overseeing the nomination and electoral process (for the Board of Directors) from mid January to March. The position involves 1- 5 hours a week of work in January, February, and March, with more work during the election period (if required) in March. An honorarium of $200 will be given for the nominations period, and in the case of elections, another $300 will be given.

The Electoral Officer shall oversee all electoral logistics including but not limited to:

  • Running elections and referenda per bylaws and policies;
  • Conducting elections and referenda in a fair and impartial manner;
  • Interpreting the Electoral Policies;
  • Verifying completed nomination forms;
  • Reviewing and approving campaign material prior to its use of distribution;
  • Authorizing all election notices, publicity, and campaign materials regulated by the Electoral Policies;
  • Ruling on election irregularities, and imposing penalties as appropriate;
  • Ruling on the validity of an election based on the severity of the irregularities;
  • Ensuring that candidates are made aware of the Electoral Policies;
  • Establishing any regulations with respect to candidate conduct as required;
  • Arbitrating in any dispute that may arise during the course of an election or referendum;
  • Setting up procedures to monitor campaigns so as to ensure compliance with the rules;
  • Organizing and establishing guidelines for public forums and debates;
  • Keeping track of the amount of votes in the room; and ensuring there are other non-partisan people present to do so as well;
  • Developing rules for the non-partisan people present
  • Preparing the Official Results, including preparing a written report concerning the processes of the electoral processes and results of the Annual General Meeting as well as any complaints and irregularities encountered during the election, to provide to the board of directors; and
  • Exercising any other powers set out in the Bylaw and Policies.


The Electoral Officer shall also direct the Board Organizer with respect to:

  • Causing the opening of nominations to be publicized to encourage high candidate turnout;
  • Causing all necessary elections forms to be prepared;
  • Promoting elections and referenda to encourage voter turnout;
  • Administering nomination and campaign events;
  • Organizing public forums and debates;
  • Organizing polls during elections, including appointing adequate non-partisan assistance, and advertising the location of the Annual General Meeting
  • Appointing non-partisan assistance to assist in counting votes at the meeting, removing campaign material and anything else deemed necessary to ensure a fair and legal election accordance with the law and our bylaws and policies
  • Ensuring that any elections staff have been adequately trained; and
  • Ensuring that students proof of membership is provided upon entering of the room

The successful candidate will:

  • Have excellent written and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Have the ability to take initiative and work independently and as the supervisor of the team;
  • Have the ability to deal effectively with students, staff, and the general public;
  • Share a passion for the purposes of the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group
  • Be independent of the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group and The Kwantlen Student Association, meaning that they shall not have been a voting or non-voting member of the board of directors during the previous 12 months; and
  • Be an expert in organizing and administering elections, demonstrated by at least demonstrable experience in overseeing elections, preferably for non-profit boards of directors.

Candidates interested in contributing to the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Groups consensus democracy as our Electoral Officer should submit a letter of interest or cover letter and resume, to be received by the Administrative Coordinator no later than January 10th 2017 at Midnight.

Application Procedure:

Affirmative Action: KPIRG is an affirmative action and an equal opportunity employer. Hiring preference shall be given to qualified applicants from groups who face systemic barriers to employment (such as women, Indigenous folks, people of colour, queer folks, trans folks, people with disabilities, etc.).  Applicants wanting to be considered under affirmative action should discuss this in their cover letter. We encourage applicants to include other skills and experiences in addition to those outlined above.

What to Send Us: Please submit cover letter and resume for the attention of the Hiring Committee via email to office@kpirg.ca. Please put ‘Electoral Officer’ in the subject heading of the email and include both documents in 1 attached file only.

Deadline for application is Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 at midnight.

Late applications not accepted. Only short listed applicants will be contacted.

Interviews will be held between January 16th – 20th, 2017.

Email: office@kpirg.ca

Mail: KPIRG, KPU, Birch Building, Surrey, BC V3W 2M8. Unceded Coast Salish Territories.

Web: http://www.kpirg.ca

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women


End Violence Against Women 6th Annual Candle-light Vigil
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Holland Park, Surrey

Why a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women?
As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

November and December are important months for raising awareness of gender-based violence in Canada and around the world. In addition to the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women takes place on November 25 and marks the first day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which ends on December 10, with International Human Rights Day.
from http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/…/remembrance-commemoration-en.html