Announcements

Red, green and blue Christmas lights adorn trees and bushes and the roof of Milner House.

Milner Gardens & Woodland’s festive light display is full of holiday magic

November 22, 2022

The beloved outdoor festival of lights begins on Friday, December 2.  Milner Christmas Magic returns this year with an expansion into the new Rhododendron Species Garden, all lit up in colour. The annual event hosted by Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Milner Gardens & Woodland offers visitors a dazzling experience walking through thousands of twinkling lights strung along the garden... Read more


VIU's Indigenous Speakers Series featuring Wilson Williams (Sxwíxwtn)

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

November 22, 2022

Wilson Williams (Sxwíxwtn), a Squamish Nation councillor and spokesperson, will deliver the keynote address at VIU’s 2022 Indigenous Speakers Series event on November 29. 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... Read more


A person holding an orange rose stands in front of the plaque dedicated to the 14 young women who were murdered in the 1989 massacre at École Polytechnique.

Status of Women committee asks people to “Unite to end violence” during 16 Days of Activism

November 21, 2022

A vigil is being held at VIU on December 6 in recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Listen. Believe survivors. Educate yourself. Speak out. Intervene. And act.  During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, individuals are asked to take these actions and become allies, not just during the campaign but year-round. This year... Read more


A group poses with the Career Studio sign and banner

VIU launches new service to help connect students and employers

November 18, 2022

What: Career Studio grand opening When: Monday, November 21, 2022, 11 am to 1 pm Where: The Career Studio, Building 255, Room 204 at VIU’s Nanaimo campus (see campus map) The latest BC Labour Market Outlook report forecasts more than one million job openings in the province over the next 10 years. Of these one million job openings, almost 80 per cent are expected to require post-secondary... Read more


Giving Tuesday postcard

VIU Giving Tuesday campaign raises funds for students in need

November 17, 2022

University’s ninth annual campaign runs from November 15 to 29, 2022. Access to quality, nutritious food is vital to academic success, but with inflation eroding students’ spending power, it is getting harder for some to meet this basic need. That’s why the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Foundation is raising money for Give a Meal, a new initiative launched by VIU’s Ancillary and Food Services... Read more


Nathan Pham and Kiara White hold their redesigned product packaging.

Graphic design students address sustainability by rethinking product packaging

November 16, 2022

What: Unwrapped: A package design exhibit where less is more When: November 22 to December 1, 2022 Where: VIU’s View Gallery (Building 330), Nanaimo campus Product packaging is a major contributor to global waste and designers can make an environmental impact by choosing more sustainable options. Third-year graphic design students at Vancouver Island University (VIU) were challenged to select... Read more


Four VIU microbiology and culinary arts work on their fermented seaweed products.

VIU students pitch their seaweed products on Dragons’ Den-style show

November 9, 2022

What: The Urchin Tank, hosted by VIU’s Centre for Seafood Innovation When:  November 23, 2022, 5:30 to 7:30 pm Where: VIU’s Malaspina Theatre, Nanaimo campus Nanaimo, BC: The Urchin Tank is a Dragons’ Den-style show where Vancouver Island University (VIU) microbiology and culinary arts students pitch their fermented seaweed products to a panel of judges.  The judges will provide constructive... Read more


Nathan and Sam in front of vines on a wall

VIU expands awareness activities for free education savings grants

November 8, 2022

Funding from the Government of Canada’s Canada Learning Bond Program will be used to help more students and families sign up for these education savings grants. As post-secondary institutions across the nation welcome the first batch of students who are old enough to start using their Canada Learning Bond (CLB) education savings grants, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is stepping up awareness... Read more


A rendering of secure bike parking that will be built at VIU

New amenities encourage sustainable transportation at VIU

October 31, 2022

Members of VIU’s Campus Development team are on a continuous journey to improve the way VIU community members interact with the spaces they use to study and work. One of the keys to this is encouraging active transportation through good amenities that are easy for everyone to use. New showers and a new bike park show how this plan is taking shape in supporting sustainable activities while using... Read more


A group of soldiers pose for a photo with Nanaimo Remembers written across the bottom

VIU and community partners remember local fallen armed forces members through video memorial

October 28, 2022

VIU video project acknowledges Nanaimo armed forces members' contributions to the First and Second World Wars. Private Reginald Edgar Emblem, a farmer and resident of South Wellington, served in the 72nd Battalion during the First World War. He died at age 20 of influenza and pneumonia in October 1918 and was buried at Seaford Cemetery in Sussex, United Kingdom. Private William Armstrong Syer, a... Read more