Announcements

Judith Sayers, Installation speech

Building a University Where All Belong: VIU Chancellor Shares Her Vision with Community

June 17, 2021

VIU Chancellor Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers, was formally bestowed with the duties of office in an online ceremony on June 17, 2021.Making university a place where all can explore, learn, innovate and excel equally, regardless of background or financial circumstances, is what Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers, Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) third Chancellor wants to help build.“Historically,... Read more


Sean Sloan faces the camera while standing in front of a canopy of trees.

VIU Canada Research Chair Developing Tools to Inform Forest Recovery Initiatives

June 15, 2021

Dr. Sean Sloan will build on expertise in the field of forest management, wildfire dynamics, and satellite Earth observation to develop a new understanding of the geography of forest recovery and burning, with applications for sustainable forest management.Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to welcome Dr. Sean Sloan as the new Canada Research Chair in the Human Dimensions of... Read more


Evan Adams portrait

VIU Awards Honorary Degree to Award-Winning Medical Doctor and Actor

June 15, 2021

Dr. Evan Tlesla II Adams will receive his honorary doctorate at VIU’s virtual graduation celebration event on June 24.   If there is one thing about his story that Dr. Evan Tlesla II Adams hopes Vancouver Island University (VIU) graduates will take to heart – it’s that it’s never too late to change directions and pursue a different passion in life.Adams, who is now the Deputy Chief... Read more


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VIU and Island School Districts Partner to Promote Education Savings Grants

June 14, 2021

Families are being encouraged to open a no-fee, no contribution required Registered Education Savings Plan to access federal and provincial grants.Vancouver Island, BC: Every year, Vancouver Island students miss out on millions of dollars in education savings grants from the provincial government because families don’t sign up to receive them.That’s why Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s)... Read more


Ozoz Sokoh, wearing a bright yellow shirt, stands in a garden area.

VIU Symposium Examines Intertwined Histories of Gender, Food and Sovereignty

June 10, 2021

Keynote speaker Ozoz Sokoh highlights how food is an important aspect of people’s history and heritage.Vancouver Island University (VIU) scholars and panelists from around the globe are examining how the histories of food and sovereignty are intimately intertwined during a symposium this June.The Food and Sovereignty symposium, hosted virtually by VIU and the journal Gender & History... Read more


Portrait shot of Nathan Priest and Amber Lease

VIU Students Aim to Ignite Change with Leadership Conference

June 7, 2021

Conference challenges participants to get involved in community action projects – with tuition credits as incentive. Vancouver Island University (VIU) students are encouraging other students to take action and make a difference locally and beyond at an annual leadership conference.The Vancouver Island Leadership Conference (VILC) takes place June 7 – 24 and includes events on Mondays and... Read more


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VIU Media Highlights: June 7, 2021

June 7, 2021

A bi-weekly roundup of VIU students and employees in the news. News StoriesTop Performing article for the last two weeks:Black Press: Former Vancouver Island Junior Hockey Star Focused on Fight Against Cystic Fibrosis. Article features Max Creighton, a VIU Business student. Reach: 283,000 people due to pick-up by 17 Black Press outlets.Other storiesCowichan Valley Citizen: Non... Read more


Flags lowered to half mast at ViU Nanaimo campus

Recognizing the Indigenous children who were killed at the Kamloops residential school

May 31, 2021

Dear VIU Community, I spent the weekend thinking about the 215 children who were killed at the Kamloops Indian Residential School on the unceded land of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation. The news reports that some of these children were as young as three. These were children who were forcibly taken from their parents, their kyeye7 and xpepe7, uncles, and aunties—all of the people who... Read more


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VIU Counselling Team’s Mental Health and Wellness Training Program Adapted into Open Education Resource

May 27, 2021

Capacity to Connect developed several years ago by Counsellors to help VIU employees support students in distress. A new open education resource co-developed by Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) counselling team and BCcampus is now available to help post-secondary faculty and staff support students in distress.Capacity to Connect: Supporting Students’ Mental Health and Wellness is a... Read more


Bill Boyte VIU General Counsel and Secretary

VIU Welcomes New General Counsel and University Secretary

May 27, 2021

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce that Bill Boyte has been appointed to the role of General Counsel and University Secretary.In this critical role, Boyte will act as the senior policy advisor responsible for providing leadership, direction and oversight related to legal matters and the University's bicameral system of governance. In this role, Boyte will also serve as the... Read more