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VIU to Offer Free Menstrual Products at all Campuses

May 5, 2022

University, in partnership with VIU Students’ Union, signs on to the United Way’s Period Promise campaign. Free menstrual products will soon be available in washrooms at all Vancouver Island University (VIU) campuses. VIU, in partnership with the VIU Students’ Union, has signed on to the United Way... Read more


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Alum of the Month: Keanu Ienco

April 30, 2022

Ever since he picked up a guitar at age eight, music has been a passion for Keanu Ienco, who graduated from VIU in 2019 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. Earlier this year, Ienco, who is Métis and part Havasupai Native American, released his debut album, Celestial Desire, which he describes... Read more


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VIU Queen Elizabeth Scholars Prepare for Global Internships

April 27, 2022

The global student mobility program has returned, with students traveling to Australia and Belize. After a two-year pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students at Vancouver Island University (VIU) are once again able to participate in a global talent exchange program between Canada and other... Read more


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VIU’s The View Gallery Presents Escape Artists

April 22, 2022

Bachelor of Arts Major in Studio Art graduating student exhibition runs from April 20 to May 13. After a year of taking studio art classes online, the 11 students in this year’s graduating student exhibition Escape Artists hit the ground running last September – challenging themselves in the final... Read more


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New Program Prepares Next Generation of Climate Solution Global Leaders

April 21, 2022

A new partnership between three prominent island educational institutions marks Earth Day by investing in future climate action leaders to find solutions for the complex challenge of climate change.  Two recently signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) between pre-university school Pearson... Read more


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Portal Hosts First In-Person Launch Since 2020

April 19, 2022

The launch is on April 29 at The Grand Hotel from 6-8:30 pm. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) student-run annual literary magazine is going to be celebrated in-person for the first time in three years thanks to the lifting of Covid restrictions and a desire for face-to-face festivities to mark... Read more


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VIU Welcomes New University Librarian

April 19, 2022

David Alexander takes on vital University Librarian role with Vancouver Island University. Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce that after an extensive search, David Alexander has been appointed its next University Librarian. As the Librarian, Alexander will be responsible for... Read more


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VIU Student Group Hosts Climate Change Symposium

April 14, 2022

The symposium includes a keynote presentation by Dr. Elizaveta Malinina, a Research Scientist at the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling. We must act now to fight climate change. This cry of alarm has been sounded many times, but it hasn’t been answered sufficiently to halt the release of... Read more


The Future of Reconciliation in Canada A VIU Conversation

VIU Hosts a Conversation on the Future of Reconciliation in Canada

April 13, 2022

What: The Future of Reconciliation in Canada: A VIU Conversation When: Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 10-11:30 am  Where: Online (Zoom webinar)   Reconciliation is a complex concept with a variety of definitions, meaning different things to different people, but one thing many agree upon is that for... Read more


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Provincial Government Funds Expansion of Shq’apthut, VIU’s Indigenous Gathering Place

April 8, 2022

Investment will enhance on-campus learning experience for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students Indigenous students at Vancouver Island University (VIU) will soon have access to more space as Shq’apthut (A Gathering Place) is expanded at the Nanaimo campus. The building is a home away from home... Read more


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