An aerial view of the Nanaimo campus on a sunny day with blue sky.

VIU releases position statement on climate action and sustainability

October 21, 2022

The University has also signed on to the Sustainable Development Goals Accord. Vancouver Island University (VIU) has released a position statement on climate action and sustainability to recognize that universities have an essential role in taking meaningful action to address climate action and sustainability. In support of its position, VIU has also signed on to the Sustainable Development Goals... Read more

Omair Quraishi is VIU's Chief Information Officer.

VIU welcomes new Chief Information Officer

October 19, 2022

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce Omair Quraishi has been appointed Chief Information Officer. Quraishi will report to the Chief Financial Officer and VP Administration and will provide the vision and leadership for developing and implementing strategic information technology initiatives. He will be responsible for directing the planning and implementation of enterprise-... Read more

M. NourbeSe Philip stands in the front of a classroom.

Groundbreaking poet M. NourbeSe Philip to deliver VIU Gustafson lecture

October 17, 2022

Philip’s lecture is on October 27 from 7 to 8:30 pm on the Nanaimo campus. Renowned poet, writer and anti-racism activist M. NourbeSe Philip is Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Ralph Gustafson Distinguished Poet for 2022-23. Philip’s lecture is October 27 from 7 to 8:30 pm on the Nanaimo campus in Building 355, Room 203. It is free to attend and will be followed by a catered reception, cash... Read more

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Using technology to support Indigenous data sovereignty

September 28, 2022

Dr. Shanna Lorenz, VIU’s 2022 Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair in Indigenous Studies, is working with Indigenous communities on a data gathering app.       Dr. Shanna Lorenz’s research is supporting Indigenous data sovereignty thanks to a digital app called Our Data Indigenous, which she helped design alongside faculty and First Nations community data specialists in Canada and the United... Read more

Dr. Theo Finigan, a VIU English Professor, holds up the book Atomic Blonde while standing in front of the VIU koi pond.

VIU Colloquium Series kicks off with a deep dive into the action thriller Atomic Blonde

September 21, 2022

Arts and Humanities lectures at the VIU Nanaimo campus are free and open to everyone to attend. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series returns this fall with three fascinating lectures. The lectures delve into the action thriller Atomic Blonde, housing availability and affordability in Louisville, and the use of songs in musical theatre. All lectures are free... Read more

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VIU research projects receive funding boost

September 21, 2022

BC government invests in three projects with conservation and resource management themes. Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to receive funding from the BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) to support three faculty-driven research projects. Tri-kingdom eco-evolutionary dynamics and implications for conservation, led by Drs. Jasmine Janes and Jamie Gorrell, received $142,434. The View... Read more

Group photo around the new sign at VIU’s campus in the qathet region

Tla’amin Nation gifts ʔayʔaǰuθəm name to local VIU campus

September 20, 2022

VIU’s campus in the qathet region will now be called tiwšɛmawtxw. The Tla’amin Nation Executive Council has gifted Vancouver Island University (VIU) the name tiwšɛmawtxw (teew-shem- awt-xw), which means House of Learning, for its campus located in ɬaʔamɩn ʔəms gijɛ (Tla’amin Territory).   The gift is in the spirit of decolonization and reconciliation. Following a renaming ceremony on September... Read more

Monique McKay surrounded by greenery

VIU welcomes new Director of Equity, Diversity and Human Rights

September 15, 2022

Monique McKay takes on key leadership role with the University After an extensive recruitment process that focused on equity and inclusion, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce that it has appointed Monique McKay as the Director of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Human Rights. McKay will be responsible for providing the direction and oversight required to promote diversity... Read more

Blossoms Dressing by Cindy Stelmackowich consisting of metal splits with wax, pigment, bandages and linen.

View Gallery presents Cindy Stelmackowich – Trenched

September 7, 2022

The exhibit runs from September 15 to November 11. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) View Gallery is excited to welcome Ottawa-based sculptor Cindy Stelmackowich to present new works in her exhibition Trenched. The projects explore notions of care and violence as each relates to the history of medical advancement and war. Trenched runs from September 15 to November 11, with an opening... Read more

Group photo of people standing with a rendering of the new student housing building

More on-campus housing for Vancouver Island University

September 2, 2022

More students who study at Vancouver Island University's (VIU) Nanaimo campus will be able to live where they learn with the addition of 266 new student housing beds and a new dining hall. “Post-secondary students need access to affordable housing to complete their studies, remove barriers to education and lay the foundation for their future – making them future-ready for the jobs of tomorrow,”... Read more