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Afternoon classes cancelled at VIU Nanaimo campus

May 18, 2022

A power outage is affecting most buildings on the Nanaimo campus due to the current windstorm. BC Hydro is investigating, and there is no estimated time for a return of power.Due to widespread outages which may delay restoration times, afternoon classes are cancelled starting at 1:30 pm. VIU will remain open. Most buildings are in lock mode due to the power outage, if people need access to their... Read more


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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’s Period Promise campaign, which raises awareness about the issue of period poverty and menstrual... 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 year of their Vancouver Island University (VIU) undergraduate degree. The result is the diverse... 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 the accomplishments of nearly 90 contributors since 2020.Portal 2022, a full-colour magazine,... 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 leading the planning and development of the Library services while being an advocate for the Library’s... 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 ConversationWhen: 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 reconciliation to become a reality, significant structural and societal changes are needed.... 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 studentsIndigenous 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 for Indigenous students where cultural, academic, recreational and social activities are promoted... Read more


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VIU Students Aim for Connection with Youth Leadership Conference

March 30, 2022

The Vancouver Island Leadership Conference happens Friday, April 1 to Saturday, April 2, 2022 at VIU’s Malaspina Theatre and the Vancouver Island Conference CentreDozens of emerging leaders will gather for two days of keynote talks, career advice and fun activities during the Vancouver Island Leadership Conference April 1-2.An annual event organized by Vancouver Island University (VIU)... Read more


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New Bursary Fund Boosts Impact of Education Savings Grant

March 30, 2022

Wealthsimple Foundation and VIU partner to deliver $20,000 bursaries to Canada Learning Bond-eligible students.Vancouver Island University (VIU) and Wealthsimple Foundation are teaming up on a new bursary program that aims to make post-secondary education more accessible for modest-income students.Having as little as $500 set aside for post-secondary education can sometimes make all the... Read more


Addressing the assault of a VIU student last weekend

March 29, 2022

The safety of our students and employees is critical to our environment at VIU. We are committed to creating a space where all are welcome and all feel like they belong.As some of you may know, a VIU student was assaulted last weekend at a private residence. VIU and the Nanaimo RCMP are taking this very seriously and are committed to working together in the investigation. As of Sunday morning,... Read more