Update re Human Rights Tribunal matter

February 23, 2018

This is an update to my communication in November 2017 regarding a potential human rights complaint. The Human Rights Tribunal is being asked to determine whether or not female employees and students at the University were harassed by a specific student of VIU between 2015 and 2017. Today the Tribunal issued a procedural decision setting out the conditions for the proposed class complaint... Read more


Statement from the President's Office re: Supporting Each Other on Our Road to Reconciliation

February 15, 2018

We are saddened by the recent court process and convey our deepest sympathies to the family of Colten Boushie, to the Indigenous community and to all Canadians who are negatively impacted. Our institutional community is committed to reconciliation including supporting our Indigenous students, faculty, staff and local communities now and in the weeks, months and years to come.  At VIU, as... Read more


The Walrus Talks Leadership in Nanaimo on March 13

February 14, 2018

The Walrus Foundation and Vancouver Island University (VIU) are pleased to announce a special event exploring how our ideas and choices can shape the future of culture, reconciliation, economic development, and more. Tickets are now on sale for Vancouver Island University Presents The Walrus Talks Leadership. The event takes place on Tuesday, March 13 starting at 7 pm in VIU’s Malaspina Theatre... Read more


VIU Honours Tireless Fighter for Human Rights with Honorary Degree

February 7, 2018

Dr. Jennifer Wade receives Doctor of Laws at February Convocation As long as she can remember, Dr. Jennifer Wade has had a deep sense of the importance of fairness. Starting back on the playground at school, she has been fighting for people who haven’t been able to make their voices heard.    “I think it was my Scottish mother. She felt strongly about unfairness,” says Wade. “It was... Read more


VIU Encouraging Conversations About Wellness and Self-Care

January 25, 2018

Mariners basketball players asking fans to Make Some Noise for Mental Health Every one of us has ups and downs in our mental health and mental illness will affect all Canadians either directly or indirectly in their lifetime. They may experience mental illness themselves or have a family member, friend or colleague who struggles with it. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association,... Read more


VIU's Chancellor, Louise Mandell, Q.C.

Louise Mandell reappointed as VIU’s Chancellor

December 15, 2017

Louise Mandell, Q.C., has been reappointed as Vancouver Island University’s Chancellor, a role she says is close to her heart. “It is a great gift and responsibility to be given three more years as Chancellor,” said Mandell. “It’s a powerful experience being part of the VIU family. Here education goes beyond the mind –  it touches the heart, and education is a force for change and... Read more


VIU Lecture Series Explores Reconciliation

November 28, 2017

The free monthly series, delivered through the University’s Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation, starts December 4 A new lecture series hosted by Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation aims to stimulate community dialogue around the relationship between Canada’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The monthly... Read more


VIU Participates in Global Day of Giving

November 22, 2017

Giving Tuesday campaign on November 28 aims to raise $150,000 to support students Brianna Thorne is getting the education she needs to realize her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. The VIU Cowichan first-year Bachelor of Education student started the program in September, after spending a year upgrading through the campus’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) program. The financial support she... Read more


VIU Participates in Global Day of Giving

November 20, 2017

Giving Tuesday campaign on November 28 aims to raise $150,000 to support students Students, staff and faculty at Vancouver Island University (VIU), as well as the University’s community supporters, are banding together to make a difference in the lives of students on Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a global movement for giving that falls on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber... Read more


VIU's National Indigenous Speaker Shares Reflections on Youth and Reconciliation

November 17, 2017

Gabrielle Scrimshaw will deliver keynote address during the University’s third annual Indigenous Speakers Series on November 20 Indigenous entrepreneur, activist, speaker, writer and academic Gabrielle Scrimshaw was separated from her mother at a young age. Scrimshaw, a member of the Hatchet Lake First Nation, was only two weeks old when her father took full custody of her, she writes in an... Read more


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