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VIU’s Malaspina Theatre Hosts Winds of Change Art Exhibit

September 22, 2021

Featuring works by Stz’uminus First Nation artist Daniel R. Elliott, the exhibit explores the impacts of colonization and how healing can be achieved. ­­Indigenous artist Daniel R. Elliott wants to take people on a healing journey. But first, he’s asking people to confront the history and impact of residential schools head on, and not look away. His paintings are on display in the Malaspina... Read more

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Action required: VIU’s vaccine self-declaration program

September 16, 2021

As announced on August 27, VIU is introducing a vaccine self-declaration program for students and employees to support the wellness and mental health of our community and a safe campus environment. We are requesting that all employees and students declare their vaccination status by October 1. If you are fully vaccinated and choose to declare this, that is the only step you need to take. If you... Read more

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VIU Hosts Virtual Event to Showcase Graduate Programs

September 10, 2021

Students who are contemplating the next step in their post-secondary careers can come to Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) first-ever online Graduate Programs Expo on September 15. Graduate programs build on what students learned in undergraduate degrees and are more highly specialized in a particular area of study. VIU has a range of graduate options to choose from, from master’s degrees, to... Read more

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Vaccine Survey Results

September 9, 2021

From August 27 to September 3, VIU ran a confidential survey asking our students and employees their vaccination status. Thank you to everyone who participated – we had a 52% response rate (4,772 completed surveys) which is a higher than usual participation rate given the timing and length of the survey period. The results of the survey will help us in our fall health and safety planning. 91% of... Read more

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BC's Proof of Vaccination System

September 9, 2021

On Tuesday, September 7, BC’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, shared more details about the province’s Proof of Vaccination system. Part of this new provincial public health order will include a requirement to show your BC Vaccine Card to access certain activities and locations. We are still awaiting the full public health order on the BC Proof of Vaccination system and will provide... Read more

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VIU Welcomes New Associate Vice-President, Community Partnerships

September 8, 2021

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce Richard Horbachewski as the new Associate Vice-President, Community Partnerships. In this role, Richard will oversee VIU's advancement and alumni portfolios, community partnerships, Milner Gardens, and serve as VIU's Chief Advancement Officer and the Executive Director of the VIU Foundation. "I am excited to join the VIU community and take... Read more

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VIU Media Highlights: July 19 – August 23, 2021

August 31, 2021

A roundup of VIU students and employees in the news. News Stories Top performing article for the last month: CTV News: BC funds rapid drug-checking technology amid opioid crisis. Reach: 19.5 million. Story also published by BC Government News, Times Colonist, Nanaimo News Now, CFAX, Black Press Media, Chek News, Voice Online and Education News Canada. Other stories: Top 10... Read more

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A Safe Return to Campus this Fall

August 27, 2021

Sent on behalf of Dr. Deborah Saucier, President and Vice-Chancellor All of us at VIU are committed to the health and safety of our community. We know that the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the province are concerning, which is why we have worked with our sector partners at the BC Association of Institutes and Universities (BCAIU) to engage with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills... Read more

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Provincial announcement re mask mandate for post-secondaries

August 24, 2021

As announced today by Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training and Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, a new mask mandate is now in place for indoor spaces across British Columbia including in post-secondary institutions. As of Wednesday, August 25, 2021, masks must be worn by everyone in all indoor public areas on campus including, “lobbies, hallways, stairwells,... Read more

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BC Government announces support for VIU-developed drug checking technology

August 17, 2021

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is excited to share the news that the provincial government is providing $305,000 for HarmCheck – a cutting-edge drug-checking technology that was developed at VIU. It uses high-throughput paper spray mass spectrometry to provide rapid drug-checking and can be used on-site as a harm reduction method. HarmCheck is a collaboration between VIU and the Victoria-based... Read more