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VIU News & Experts: March 15, 2023

March 15, 2023

Featured in this issue:  World Water Day experts Planning for more age-friendly communities Tuition waiver program for former youth in care expanded Indigenous Speakers Series Reach out to us for experts for your stories!  Featured experts World Water Day on March 22 is about accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis. Because water affects us all, it’s a call for everyone to... Read more

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Access to post-secondary education expanded for former youth in care

March 14, 2023

Former youth in care in BC of all ages will now have their tuition waived for post-secondary education, as government takes action to remove age requirements for the Tuition Waiver Program for Former Youth in Care and make it available for a lifetime.   Selina Robinson, Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills and Mitzi Dean, Minister of Children and Family Development, came to... Read more

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Indigenous speaker shares story of fight for the return of traditional lands

March 9, 2023

Wilson Williams (Sxwíxwtn), a Squamish Nation Councillor and Spokesperson, will deliver the keynote address at VIU’s Indigenous Speakers Series event on March 20. Wilson Williams (Sxwíxwtn) grew up without knowledge of his culture or history. His parents, both residential school survivors, did not talk about any element of their First Nations background and it wasn’t until Sxwíxwtn was in his... Read more

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VIU News & Experts: March 2, 2023

March 2, 2023

Pyschedelic research, International Women's Day, sustainable development week and more. Reach out to us for experts for your stories!  Featured experts VIU experts on International Women's Day March 8 is International Women's Day, a day to celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness about discrimination and take action to drive gender parity. Eliza Gardiner, Chair of VIU Faculty Association'... Read more

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VIU and Northpine Foundation expand educational opportunities in BC correctional centres

March 1, 2023

The Northpine Foundation is gifting the University more than $1 million to increase programming options and develop employment training. A program on Vancouver Island that allows university students to learn alongside incarcerated people in provincial correctional centres will expand, thanks to a $1.1-million gift from the Northpine Foundation. This generous gift will expand Vancouver Island... Read more

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VIU campuses re-open at noon today (February 28)

February 28, 2023

Tuesday, February 28, 2023: All Vancouver Island University campuses and locations will RE-OPEN at noon for afternoon business and classes today (Tuesday, February 28, 2023). Please use caution when navigating our campuses and wear appropriate footwear for slippery conditions.   Reminders about processes when campuses re-open after a snowfall:  Employees:  If your campus re-opens and you... Read more

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Nanaimo and Cowichan campuses and Parksville centre closed for the morning (February 28) due to severe weather

February 28, 2023

Tuesday, February 28, 2023: Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo and Cowichan campuses and the Parksville centre are closed this morning, Tuesday, February 28 due to severe weather. The tiwšɛmawtxw (Powell River) campus will remain open. Milner Gardens and Woodland is open for employees and closed to the public as regularly scheduled.   Campus closure days are regular workday/learning days... Read more

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VIU Media Highlights: February 16

February 16, 2023

From helping seafood harvesters become more competitive, to the power of involving trades faculty in applied research, to Vancouver Island University's largest open house event of the year, find out what's happening at VIU this week. Reach out to us for experts for your stories!  VIU in the news Calling all Island seafood harvesters!  Applications are now open for the new Seafood Business... Read more

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More than a thousand students Discover VIU at open house events next week

February 16, 2023

Discovery Day and Discovery Night bring potential students to campus. When: Wednesday, February 22, 2023, 9 am to 2 pm (Discovery Day); 6 to 9 pm (Discovery Night) Where: VIU’s Nanaimo campus (see campus map) Nanaimo, BC: More than a thousand high school students, mature students and parents will be coming to Vancouver Island University (VIU) next week for Discovery Day and Night – the University... Read more

Melanie P. Loureiro stands in front of several bins of mussels and holds onel in her left hand.

VIU’s Seafood Business Accelerator program will help small-scale harvesters find their niche

February 16, 2023

BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food is funding the Centre for Seafood Innovation’s new program. A new Seafood Business Accelerator program led by Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Centre for Seafood Innovation, in partnership with the BC Commercial Fishing Caucus, will help self-employed fishers and farmers become more sustainable, profitable seafood providers.   “Small-scale harvesters have... Read more