Announcements

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VIU experts on MAID and finding love in 2024 ❤️

February 9, 2024

VIU experts available this week:  Medical assistance in dying: delayed expansion The federal government has delayed the expansion of medical assistance in dying to people suffering solely from a mental illness who meet all the eligibility criteria and safeguards by three years. Nursing Professor Dr. Caroline Variath is researching ways to enhance awareness of and access to end-of-life care for... Read more


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Dr. Laura Cranmer reawakens Indigenous languages through powerful play

February 8, 2024

The VIU Honorary Research Associate’s play urges reflection on Canada’s collective history and colonial impacts. Warning: Scenes from the Nanaimo Indian Hospital: Reawakening Hul’q’umin’um’, Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwak’wala Languages contains scenes, imagery and language that can be intense and activating. Attendees are encouraged to do what is best for their mental health, including leaving the... Read more


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Celebrated poet Karen Solie to give VIU Gustafson lecture

January 30, 2024

Update: The Karen Solie Gustafson poet lecture and readings have been rescheduled to March 13 and 14. Please note the new dates and times below: The student reading is on March 13 from 10 to 11:30 am in the Malaspina Theatre lobby (Building 310) The community reading is on March 13 at White Sails, 125 Comox Road, from 7 to 8:30 pm, with student Sam Bollinger opening for Solie.  The Gustafson... Read more


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VIU News & Experts: January 24, 2024

January 24, 2024

Snowpacks and strikes: need an expert? 🗣️ In this issue of VIU news & experts:  Snowpacks on Vancouver Island: what's in store this year?  Vancouver transit strike: pressure at the expense of public opinion? Featured experts How are our snowpacks on Vancouver Island?  The January 1 Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin reported provincial snowpacks are extremely low, averaging 56% of normal... Read more


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VIU’s View Gallery presents bailey macabre exhibit in collaboration with the Nanaimo Arts Council

January 23, 2024

The exhibit is on display at VIU’s View Gallery until February 16. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) View Gallery is honoured to host ᐹᑭᒋᐦᒉᐤ" pâkicihew (she has swollen hands), an installation by Nanaimo-based artist bailey macabre, organized by the Nanaimo Arts Council and curated by Amber R. Morrison. A closing reception and artist talk is on February 15 from 5 to 7 pm at the gallery. The... Read more


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VIU’s redesigned Jazz diploma prepares graduates for careers in different music genres

January 22, 2024

VIU’s Jazz diploma gives students the musical grounding to thrive in their industry. Vancouver Island University (VIU) has updated its Jazz diploma. The diploma immerses students in the life of a working musician. “From the moment you walk in the door, we treat you as a musician. You are a musician when you are in this program,” said Brent Jarvis, Chair of VIU’s Music department. The diploma... Read more


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Friday, January 19: VIU Nanaimo campus re-opening for afternoon classes, all other campuses full-day closure

January 19, 2024

Friday, January 19, 2024: Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus is re-opening for afternoon classes beginning at 12 pm or later today (January 19, 2024). VIU’s Cowichan, tiwšɛmawtxʷ and Parksville campuses remain closed for the FULL DAY, with a return to regular business hours expected on Saturday, January 20, 2024. Milner Gardens & Woodland and Deep Bay Marine Field Station remain... Read more


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Friday, January 19: CLOSED- Nanaimo campus for morning classes, all other campuses full day closure

January 19, 2024

Friday, January 19, 2024: Vancouver Island University's Nanaimo campus is closed for morning classes today (January 19) due to severe weather. VIU's Cowichan, tiwšɛmawtxʷ and Parksville campuses will be closed for the FULL DAY.   Milner Gardens & Woodland and Deep Bay Marine Field Station remain closed to the public as scheduled. An update on afternoon classes for the Nanaimo campus will be... Read more


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January 18: VIU campuses and locations closed for evening classes

January 18, 2024

Thursday January 18, 2024: All Vancouver Island University campuses and facilities are closed for evening classes tonight (January 18) due to severe weather.  An update on operations for Friday, January 19, 2024, will be provided by 6:30 am tomorrow morning (January 19, 2024).  Please note: Campus/facility closure days are regular workday/learning days unless the work/learning performed is on... Read more


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Open: All VIU campuses and locations – January 18, 2024

January 18, 2024

January 18: All Vancouver Island University campuses and locations are open. Please use caution when navigating our campuses and wear appropriate footwear for slippery conditions. Reminders about processes when campuses re-open after a snowfall Employees If your campus re-opens and you are unable to report to work or will be late to work because of ongoing inclement weather conditions and/or you... Read more