Deputy Minister University Champion Announced for VIU

December 15, 2016

Diane Lafleur of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada will help strengthen links between the federal government and the University Vancouver Island University (VIU) has a new champion. Diane Lafleur, Associate Deputy Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), has been named VIU’s Deputy Minister University Champion. Ms. Lafleur’s appointment is part of the Deputy Minister... Read more


VIU-organized MBA Games Secures $150K Pledge to Support National Moose Hide Campaign

December 8, 2016

Matching funds will boost fundraising effort for Moose Hide, the Games’ anti-violence charity partner Ambitious fundraising plans for the 2017 MBA Games – led by an organizing committee from Vancouver Island University (VIU) – have received a big boost, thanks to the generosity of a Canadian foundation. The Games, a national business-student competition, will raise funds for the Moose Hide... Read more


Canada and BC Invest to Renew Infrastructure at VIU

December 6, 2016

$22.4-million investment will create jobs, support students and reduce carbon output Canadians will be better equipped for the well-paying middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow with a $22.4 million investment at Vancouver Island University (VIU) to expand the Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex and create a District Geo-Exchange Energy System. The joint federal-provincial investment was... Read more


VIU TESTIFY Event Celebrates Indigenous Law through Art and Performance

November 21, 2016

From Nov. 26 – Dec. 9 Malaspina Theatre will host TESTIFY, a series of art installations and written works designed to explore concepts of Indigenous law A unique event is coming to Vancouver Island University (VIU) on Nov. 26 – one that challenges audiences to think about the traditional and cultural significance of Indigenous law in a new light. Testify is a collection of paintings, performance... Read more


VIU Adds New Health Care and Mental Health Supports for Students

November 7, 2016

The new resources are a result of needs identified by Student Affairs and the University’s Mental Health and Well-being Task Force More health care supports and resources for students struggling with mental health issues have come to Vancouver Island University (VIU) this fall. Amongst the new supports available to students are the addition of a second full-time nurse practitioner and a general... Read more


Challenging Safe Ideas: Dr. Tracey Lindberg Examines Reconciliation at VIU's Second Annual Indigenous Speakers Series

November 2, 2016

The academic and writer will speak at the presentation, one of Reconciliation Road’s keynote events An accomplished Cree academic and writer will explore the complexities of reconciliation at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) upcoming Indigenous Speakers Series. Dr. Tracey Lindberg – who teaches Indigenous law at the University of Ottawa and recently published her debut novel, Birdie – will... Read more


ICCS, VIU and SOS Partner to Open Extreme Weather Shelter in Parksville

October 25, 2016

Island Crisis Care Society (ICCS) today announced an Extreme Weather Shelter (EWS) will open in a temporary location for 2016-2017 at 223 Mill Street in Parksville. Vancouver Island University (VIU) is donating space in the former Pass Woodwinds childcare building to serve as the EWS, which will operate from Nov. 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 to serve the homeless of the Oceanside region. The shelter... Read more


Celebrated Montreal Poet and Translator Erin Moure Delivers Gustafson Lecture at VIU on October 27

October 20, 2016

VIU’s Ralph Gustafson Chair of Poetry lineup of events includes the Gustafson lecture and three other free events Renowned Canadian poet and translator Erín Mouré, Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) 2016 Ralph Gustafson Chair of Poetry, will deliver a free public lecture, Translation: Operations at the Heart(ache) of Meaning, on Thursday, October 27 at VIU’s Nanaimo campus. Mouré’s lecture... Read more


VIU Online Auction Launches October 17 with 250+ Prizes Up for Bid

October 13, 2016

Proceeds go towards student scholarships, awards and learning opportunities What if you could buy something you really wanted, like a Tofino getaway for two, a nice dinner out or a trip to the spa, and support a student in need at the same time? That’s just how Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Online Auction works. Starting at 9 am on Monday, October 17, dozens of items, services and trips... Read more


CUPE Local 1858 Funds Mental Health Awareness Initiative at Vancouver Island University

October 6, 2016

The Friendship Bench is meant to stimulate conversations about, and reduce the stigma of, mental health concerns No one knew Lucas Fiorella was depressed until it was too late. Lucas, who was studying Robotics at Carleton University in Ontario, was often the “go to” guy when people needed a laugh or hug. After his death by suicide, dozens of students revealed their stories of anxiety and... Read more


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