What is an Action Group?

An Action Group is a group of volunteers (including at least four KPU students) who come together to do work on a social or environmental justice issue (or issues). Each Action Group operates under the banner of KPIRG and receives financial and organizational support from the organization. Action Groups have access to the following resources:

  • A $200 per-term budget
  • Access to training – eg) anti-oppression training, facilitation training, etc.
  • Event organizing and campaign support
  • Access to the centre’s resources, which includes things like:
    • Use of KPIRG’s meeting room &  lounge for your events and meetings
    • Photocopying*
    • Use of the computers and space on the hard drive to save your stuff*
    • Megaphone*
    • Button-maker
    • Paints & banner supplies
    • General office supplies
    • Coffee makers
    • (*Coming Soon)
  • Help booking rooms at any of the KPU campuses for your events
  • A page on our website
  • An email address that ends in @kpirg.ca.
  • Storage space at KPIRG
  • A mailbox at KPIRG

Examples of Current Action Groups

Fossil Free Kwantlen, KPU Open Media

How to Become an Action Group?

If you are interested in starting a new Action Group, please click this link and fill in the form. It will go to KPIRG’s Board of Directors for consideration and they will decide whether or not to approve the application based on a number of factors. Some of the questions that the Board will consider include:

  • Does the mandate of the Action Group fit within KPIRG’s values?
  • Does the group include at least four KPU students?
  • Does KPIRG have money left in the budget to fund this group?

If you have any questions, want to talk about your ideas or need help filling in the application, please contact KPIRG: info@kpirg.ca. They will be happy to talk to you about your application.

What Does KPIRG Expect from its Action Groups?

  • We ask that all new Action Groups attend an Action Group Orientation, which will include an introduction to KPIRG’s values, an orientation of the space and resources you can access, etc.
  • We ask that all Action Groups work within the framework of KPIRG’s values and abide by all KPIRG policies.
  • We ask that at least two members of your group (and hopefully all) attend anti-oppression training. This can include a general KPIRG Anti-Oppression workshop, an anti-oppression workshop offered elsewhere, or you can request specific training for your group which we will do our best to offer if our capacity allows.
  • We ask that all Action Groups recognize KPIRG’s support by including our logo on all outreach materials.
  • We invite you to table with us at Clubs Days and other tabling opportunities.
  • We ask you to keep us informed about your plans and stay in dialogue with us.

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Agreement Signed!

The @KSAcouncil & @KwantlenPIRG have signed an agreement to provide ‪#‎KPIRG‬ with sustainable funding!

@KPUstulife ‪#‎KPU‬


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Optout period starts Today

Fee Refund Period

Tuesday January 13, 2015 Noon-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday January 14, 2015 Noon-4:00 p.m.

Thursday January 15, 2015 Noon-4:00 p.m.

Friday January 16, 2015 Noon-4:00 p.m.

Please note:

  • The student receiving the refund will no longer be a member of the organization.
  • Students will have to collect a fee refund every semester.

Refund amounts will be calculated based credit registration per semester.

In order to receive a refund, students must come by in person and provide the following:

1) Receipt of fee payment

2) Registration form indicating total tuition credits paid (the detailed breakdown of tuition and fees from the KPU/myKwantlen website “Concise Student Schedule”)

3) Valid Student I.D. card

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

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NOMINATIONS OPEN: KPIRG is looking for a Campus Life Director!

We are now accepting nominations for the Campus Life Director position! The KPIRG Board of Directors is composed of five (5) Student Members of KPIRG. It is the decision-making body of KPIRG, which makes all major decisions regarding finances, long-term goals, long-term viability of the organization, staffing, and funding applications.

For more information about KPIRG, and our Board of Directors, please visit our web page.

About the KPIRG Board of Directors.

About the Director of Campus Life

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Stay tuned for 2015!

Happy New Year! from KPIRG

Happy New Year! from KPIRG

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We are no longer accepting Applications

Monday December 15th at midnight

 Download Job Description Here

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.


  • Leadership skills
  • Communication skills, able to convey information clearly both orally and in writing
  • Integrity and ability to respect process and confidentiality
  • Highly organized, able to work independently
  • Commitment to social and environmental justice


If you are interested, please send your letter of interest/why you are interested in the position and why you would make a good Electoral Officer and resume to office@kpirg.ca


Monday December 15th at midnight

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We Stand with the Caretakers of Burnaby Mountain and Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion

We, the undersigned, express our support for those who are protecting Burnaby Mountain from Kinder Morgan geotechnical survey work.

Burnaby Mountain is public land (on unceded Indigenous territories) that is used frequently as a recreational area and is a designated Conservation Area.
The City of Burnaby and its residents have been vocal for several years against Kinder Morgan’s $5.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline and terminal expansion proposal that would transport even more diluted bitumen and bring even more tankers to the Burrard Inlet.
Over 70% of Burnaby residents are opposed to Kinder Morgan’s expansion. (Source: http://is.gd/j79aOJ) Residents have been educating themselves through town halls, teach-ins and personal research and have determined that the risks to public safety and environmental degradation from Kinder Morgan’s proposal are too high. Many residents are no strangers to the harmful health impacts of tar sands crude given that the city was home to a terrible oil spill in 2007.
The City of Burnaby is currently in the process of appealing a National Energy Board decision that grants Kinder Morgan access to the designated Conservation Area. This is a critical constitutional question of whether a regulatory body can grant a corporation the authority to override municipal bylaws.
The Tsleil-Waututh Nation has also launched a legal challenge of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tankers project. This is the first legal challenge by a First Nation against the new pipeline and tanker proposal, citing the federal government’s failure to first consult Tsleil-Waututh on key decisions about the environmental assessment and regulatory review of the project.
The pipeline facilitates Tar Sands expansion on Indigenous territories along the pipeline route and at the source. This would violate numerous Aboriginal Treaty Rights and the overall well-being of these communities, many of whom have already emphatically said no to Kinder Morgan’s expansion. As the Supreme Court of Canada has consistently upheld, it is the federal government’s duty to respect these treaties, as well as the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples living on unceded lands along the pipeline route.
Therefore it should come as no surprise that community members are on Burnaby Mountain. These caretakers and residents should not be facing an injunction or a multimillion-dollar lawsuit by a corporate energy giant. Given the federal government’s failure to respond to residents, to Indigenous communities at the source of Tar Sands destruction and along the proposed pipeline route, and to municipal concerns, we laud these protectors for their bravery in taking a stand against Kinder Morgan.

The Board and Staff at the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group

Letter of Support

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KPIRG’s Candidate Survey Questionnaire: Surrey Edition

The Municipal Election is a few day away!  Don’t forget to VOTE!

As concerned citizens we at KPIRG sent out some questions to Surrey’s Municipal Candidates on a variety of questions in the Public Interest.

Out of a total of 65 candidates 11 responded. 1 Mayoral Candidate, 5 Council Candidates, and 5 School Trustee Candidates.



Get Out The VOTE!

Election Day is Saturday November 15th, 2014

8:00AM -8:00PM

52 voting locations across Surrey

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Pipe Up Network’s Municipal Candidate Report Card

Are you wondering how candidates in the municipal elections would approach Kinder Morgan’s proposed bitumen pipeline? Members of the PIPE UP Network were. They prepared a set of questions and sent them to all the candidates in the Fraser Valley municipalities of Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley Township. In all, 124 questionnaires were distributed to candidates in the three communities. A total of forty-four responses were received.

PIPE UP Network

The results are as follows:

PIPE UP Report Card

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KPIRG reaches quorum at special general meeting.


for the story

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