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Indigenous speaker elevates the voices of the “Reconciliation Generation”

November 15, 2023

Riley Yesno will deliver the keynote address at VIU’s Indigenous Speakers Series event on November 22. Riley Yesno is part of a generation of Indigenous youth who have grown up with the term reconciliation occupying an ever-increasing share of Canada’s national dialogue. The queer Anishinaabe scholar, writer and commentator from Eabametoong First Nation has spent a great deal of time thinking... Read more

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VIU Giving Tuesday campaign helps students reach for their dreams

November 14, 2023

University’s tenth annual campaign runs from November 14 to 28, 2023. When Vancouver Island University (VIU) student Sarah McClelland faced some unexpected living expenses last fall, she thought she would have to put her education on hold. The Bachelor of Education student went to the Financial Aid and Awards team to explore options. That’s when she learned about the VIU Access Fund, which... Read more

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President's message on the crisis in the Middle East

November 6, 2023

This week marks the start of WorldVIU Days, an event for our entire campus to celebrate the diversity of cultures and traditions at VIU. Indeed, WorldVIU days comes at a time when our world feels incredibly divided. I want to recognize that global events impact our community and that differing viewpoints in a small, connected community like ours can create feelings of tension and division.   Many... Read more

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VIU News & Experts: November 3, 2023

November 3, 2023

In this issue of VIU News & Experts:  Telling the stories of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice Conflict resolution expertise President and vice-chancellor re-appointed VIU experts in the news Celebrating diversity through movement at WorldVIU Days Putting a human face to war VIU History Professor Dr. Stephen Davies started the Canadian Letters and Images Project in 2000 as part of a... Read more

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Vancouver Island University’s Board of Governors announces reappointments

November 2, 2023

Dr. Deborah Saucier reappointed as president and vice-chancellor and Cloy-e-iis, Dr. Judith Sayers reappointed as chancellor Vancouver Island University’s (VIU's) Board of Governors has voted to reappoint Dr. Deborah Saucier for a second five-year term as president and vice-chancellor, and Cloy-e-iis, Dr. Judith Sayers, for a second three-year term as chancellor. VIU’s Board of Governors... Read more

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VIU and community partners remember local fallen soldiers through video memorial

November 1, 2023

VIU video project acknowledges Nanaimo soldiers’ contributions to the First and Second World Wars. A Vancouver Island University (VIU) video memorial project that tells the story of Nanaimo soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First and Second World Wars will be displayed across the city. For the 11 days leading up to Remembrance Day, the Nanaimo Remembers project will display the... Read more

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Severe weather closure notifications for the 2023-24 year

October 25, 2023

As Mother Nature has demonstrated this week, severe weather season is here.  This means from time to time, weather can disrupt campus operations. Before it does, please take a moment to review the UPDATED severe weather notification procedures below.  Please take the following actions: 1. Review the Severe Weather Procedures. 2. Download the VIU Safety app and enable notifications for the app in... Read more

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VIU News & Experts: October 19, 2023

October 19, 2023

Supernatural tales, life-changing research and short-term rental rules 📖 VIU's Nanaimo campus is going to be a busy place this Saturday as we host our first-ever community festival. DiscoverFest includes live music, an artisan market, science demos, expert talks, campus tours, activities for kids and teens, food trucks, a beer garden and much more. Learn more on the DiscoverFest website. Featured... Read more

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Milner Garden’s all-new Scarecrow Spectacular offers family-friendly fun

October 17, 2023

What: Scarecrow Spectacular When:  October 27 to 29, 11 am to 3 pm Where: VIU’s Milner Gardens & Woodland Enjoy a day of family fun during Milner Gardens & Woodlands’ first annual Scarecrow Spectacular. “We wanted to bring the beauty of fall in the gardens to the forefront with an all-new visitor experience,” said Emily Weeks, Operations Coordinator for Milner Gardens. “Guests are in... Read more

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VIU Theatre Department presents the dark parody Collateral Damage

October 13, 2023

What: Collateral Damage, VIU Theatre Department fall play When: October 19 to 21 and 26 to 28 Where: VIU’s Malaspina Theatre (Building 310), Nanaimo campus Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Theatre Department presents playwright Jackie Crossland’s Collateral Damage this fall. Collateral Damage explores and reimagines the ancient Greek myth of Medea. In the original myth, Medea’s husband... Read more