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Elder in Residence Office Hours
KPU's Elder in Residence, Lekeyten, maintains drop in office hours in the KPU Surrey Aboriginal Gathering Place on Mondays from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. All are welcome to stop by.
One of 20 Kwantlen First Nation Elders, Lekeyten grew up within a very large family in Chehalis First Nation near Harrison Lake. Here, Lekeyten?attended day school. Similar to residential schools, day schools did not?require students to stay overnight and they returned home at the end of every day. But the teachings were the same, said Lekeyten, and he and his classmates were taught to be quiet. As a result, Lekeyten spent more time in nature than in school, and he soon found his voice.
Lekeyten is honoured to be an Elder in Residence at KPU. He shares with the university, faculty, staff, and students the best of himself. He believes that every person deserves the best for their life and educational journey.
The Elder in Residence can:
- Meet with students individually and in groups to provide support, encouragement and culturally sensitive counselling
- Assist in spiritual/emotional student crisis situations
- Provide referrals to counselling, advising, other student services units as appropriate
- Participate in classroom discussions
- Assist in adapting curriculum from an Indigenous perspective
- Impart traditional knowledge, ceremonies, language, crafts, food/herbs, humour, etc.
- Conduct talking circles
- Assist and attend graduation ceremonies, feasts, celebrations and other university events
- Orient students, staff, and faculty and escort to ceremonies