Fifth Annual VIU Indigenous Speaker Series with CBC's Ideas is a Search For Freedom, Prosperity and #Landback for Indigenous Peoples

November 7, 2019

VIU’s Indigenous Speakers Series launched in 2015 to mark the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which includes strong calls to action for educational institutions. With a deep commitment to engagement with and respect for all Indigenous peoples, VIU saw the series, which focuses on topics related to reconciliation and engagement with Canada’s Indigenous... Read more


November 6, 2019

In each issue of VIU Voices, we recognize colleagues who have achieved a significant milestone in their careers. If you or someone you know deserves some recognition, please contact us and we will share their good news!The 2019 recipients of the President's Awards for Community Engagement:International Engagement Award: Dr. Aggie Weighill (Faculty of Management)Community Leadership Award:... Read more

Max FineDay, Indigenous Speakers Series

In Search of the Promised Land: Freedom, Prosperity and #Landback for Indigenous Peoples

November 6, 2019

Max FineDay, Executive Director of the Canadian Roots Exchange, will share his perspective on what reconciliation looks like during VIU’s fifth annual Indigenous Speakers Series on Monday, November 25. ­­When Max FineDay graduated from university in 2015, his grandmother sat him down and told him he had a duty to explain Indigenous peoples to the rest of Canada by telling the kinds of... Read more

Library construction

Library Commons Construction and Federated Identity Management

November 6, 2019

Reminder! All students need new ID cards  Students who received their student ID card prior to July 2019 must get a new student ID by the end of the fall semester. All members of the VIU community will need their card to access the library’s Learning Commons and the Centre for International Education on the Nanaimo campus after hours starting December 18. In the future, the card will be... Read more

safety in the field

VIU Safety Communications and Hazard Assessment for Remote or Difficult Travel

November 5, 2019

By Kim Sharpe, Advisor, Health and Safety ServicesIt can be difficult to know whether or not you have taken all necessary steps to ensure proper safety and communication for any off-campus activities for VIU students or employees. This is particularly important for people entering remote, hard-to-reach, or out-of-country locations. The VIU Health and Safety Office has a variety of tools... Read more

VIU Flu Clinics Scheduled

November 1, 2019

VIU in partnership with the Superstore Pharmacy is pleased to announce three upcoming free Flu Vaccination Clinics being held for interested employees and students. For more information on the Flu (influenza) and on immunizations, please visit the websites below. VIHA information for Flu shots and public clinics Health Canada – information about the Flu If interested, please make a... Read more

Severe weather closures

What You Need to Know About Severe Weather Procedures

November 1, 2019

With winter on its way, it is time for a reminder of Vancouver Island University’s Severe Weather Closure policy.Please read the following message carefully to familiarize yourself with this important procedure:A decision will be made by 6:30 am on whether or not the campus(es) and facilities experiencing severe weather will be closed with morning classes and exams cancelled. If the... Read more

Nanaimo Remembers Project

Community Remembers Fallen Soldiers in Remembrance Day Project

October 31, 2019

VIU video memorial that honours Nanaimo soldiers’ contributions to the First and Second World Wars to be displayed across the city.­­A unique video memorial project aims to tell a piece of the story of the lives of the Nanaimo soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First and Second World War.For 11 days leading up to Remembrance Day, the Nanaimo Remembers project will display the... Read more

ACTION REQUIRED - Cancellation of the Medical Service Group Plan (MSP)

October 30, 2019

HR Corner This is the republication of an email sent out to employees from Human Resources Director Brenda McKay on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. If you did not receive the original email, it does not apply to you. This message is intended for employees currently covered under the VIU’s MSP Group Plan coverage.Historically, VIU has paid the Medical Services Plan (MSP) premium and... Read more

Cast members of SlugFest rehearse a scene for the upcoming musical comedy presented by VIU's Theatre Department and the Other Guys Theatre Company.

VIU Partners with Other Guys Theatre Company to Produce Hysterical Melodrama

October 17, 2019

Ross Desprez is a VIU Theatre Department Professor and creator of SlugFest – a musical comedy set in a dystopian Vancouver Island community.What happens when slug slime is hailed as a medical miracle?The residents of a small poverty-stricken and slug-infested village begin celebrating their good fortune! But Samantha, a young crusader for the environment, is determined to stop the lucrative yet... Read more