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Experts on wildfire prep and water conservation 🔥

June 20, 2024

In this issue of VIU news & experts:  Surviving wildfire season Getting children outdoors and learning on the land Why talking about sex with your kids is important Diagnosing brain injury in victims of intimate partner violence Featured experts Getting wildfire ready The recent wildfire that... Read more


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Transforming Early Childhood Education in Canada

June 19, 2024

For too long, early childhood education in Canada has favoured indoor learning environments over the outdoors and lacked recognition of Indigenous Land-based approaches. Danielle Alphonse, VIU’s BC Regional Innovation Chair in Aboriginal Early Childhood Development, and Sheila Grieve, VIU Early... Read more


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Update to Community – Protest Activity and Settlement Proposal

June 19, 2024

Dear VIU community, We wanted to acknowledge we have received open letters from various community groups expressing concerns related to the ongoing encampment and we are working tirelessly to address the needs of our diverse VIU community. Please know that your feedback is not only welcomed but... Read more


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VIU awards five honorary degrees at June convocation ceremonies

June 12, 2024

Degrees will go to prominent public servant, Elder, businessman, artist and author during VIU’s convocation ceremonies and Semélshun on June 12, 13 and 14. A public servant, Coast Salish Elder, businessman, artist and author are receiving honorary degrees at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s)... Read more




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Frances Kelsey’s battle against birth defect causing drug thalidomide profiled in new book

Dr. Cheryl Krasnick Warsh, a Vancouver Island University (VIU) History Professor, recently released her latest book Frances Oldham Kelsey, the FDA, and...

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Chasing the total solar eclipse

Dr. Greg Arkos, a VIU Astronomy Professor, travelled to Mazatlán, Mexico to view the total solar eclipse. The eclipse crossed North America, passing over...

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How has VIU’s Portal magazine evolved over the years?

How did Portal magazine evolve from a black-and-white photocopied and stapled chapbook to a nationally distributed literary magazine?Joy Gugeler,...

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Saving an endangered Nanaimo flower

A small flower with yellow and cream petals is on the edge of extinction in Canada and a VIU research team is fighting to save it.Bryan Lamprecht, a VIU...

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Re-creating a unique taste from ancient times

A “unique archaeological phenomenon” sparked Halle Walle’s desire to get a taste of life in ancient times – figuratively and literally.Halle is a fourth-year...

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Computer Science student develops digital dashboard for BC music festival

Attending VIU allowed Zeke Critchlow to push his limits and uncover a “deep-seated passion for programming and research.” “The VIU community has enriched...

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