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VIU Fulbright scholar advocates for decolonizing sexual education for healthy communities

March 25, 2024

Dr. Sara Vogel joins VIU as the 2024 Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair in Indigenous Studies. Dr. Sara Vogel believes sex education is vital for a healthy society but said people don’t have venues to talk about it or learn how to develop healthy sexual habits. Vogel is Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) 2024 Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair in Indigenous Studies. During her... Read more

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VIU News & Experts: Wednesday, March 20

March 20, 2024

In this issue of VIU news & experts:  Speak with experts involved in a project examining tire toxins that can kill salmon Media invite: Learn how the Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) Nation is reclaiming food sovereignty with the help of VIU programs How does a literary magazine answer the call for inclusivity, decolonization and representation with more than just intention?  Featured experts... Read more

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Raising a glass to nature: Brant Wildlife Festival celebrates biodiversity and conservation

March 20, 2024

Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region coordinating this year’s festival, which runs April 5 to 8. Celebrate nature and learn about protecting critical wildlife habitat during the Brant Wildlife Festival. While educating people of all ages about conservation and celebrating the biodiversity of the region are pillars of the festival, participants will also connect with nature through a series of fun... Read more

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Embark Student Corp funds food security initiatives at VIU

March 13, 2024

The $400,000 gift will fund student-driven solutions, emergency financial aid and food banks on two of VIU’s campuses. An increasing number of students are being forced to choose between achieving their educational goals and basic living essentials due to the rising costs of living. A new initiative funded through the generosity of Embark, an education savings and planning company, aims to... Read more

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International Women's Day Experts 🌎

March 4, 2024

Looking for an International Women's Day-themed story to tell? We have suggestions:  Dr. Whitney Wood is VIU’s Canada Research Chair in the Historical Dimensions of Women’s Health. She is currently researching pelvic health histories to help address gaps and inequities in care. She is available to chat about this topic and women’s history/women’s health/gender and health in general.History... Read more

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VIU News & Experts: February 29, 2024

February 29, 2024

Need an expert for your story? 🗣️ In this issue of VIU news & experts:  International Women's Day experts Online harms bill commentary Helping newcomers to Canada learn English and French Disrupting cancer tumour growth Featured experts Experts for International Women's Day Dr. Whitney Wood is VIU’s Canada Research Chair in the Historical Dimensions of Women’s Health. She is currently... Read more

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VIU’s View Gallery presents Kashmir Lesnick-Petrovicz’s Guardians of Land, Life, Seeds and Love

February 27, 2024

An artist talk is at the gallery on Wednesday, February 28 at 1 pm.  In 2023, Queen Elizabeth Scholar and photographer Kashmir Lesnick-Petrovicz spent three months in South Africa to complete her internship in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Global Studies program.  As a communications intern, she worked for the non-profit Trust for Community Outreach and Education (TCOE), documenting their... Read more

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Beyond the boy wizard’s limelight – PUFFS offers a hilarious twist on a beloved magical world

February 27, 2024

What: PUFFS, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic When: March 7 to 16 at 7:30 pm, Opening Gala March 7, 7:30 pm Where: VIU’s Malaspina Theatre (Building 310), Nanaimo campus For seven years, a bespectacled boy wizard with a scar went to a certain wizard school and conquered evil. But this isn’t his story. This is the story of the puffs who happen to be at... Read more

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Provincial budget and housing experts 🏘️

February 21, 2024

Writing a story about the throne speech/provincial budget or the new housing announcement? We have experts available:  What will make BC more affordable? The provincial government’s throne speech yesterday outlined actions government will take over the next few months to deliver more middle-class homes faster, help working families and small businesses with costs, strengthen public health care... Read more

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VIU News & Experts: February 15, 2024

February 15, 2024

Need an expert for your story? 🗣️ In this issue of VIU news & experts:  Expert opinion on province's new affordable housing investment. Nature-based tourism a key focus for VIU's new BC Regional Innovation Chair for Tourism and Sustainable Rural Development.  How can couples keep the spark alive?  What goes into the chocolate making process?  Featured experts Affordable housing on public... Read more