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Hundreds of High School Students to Experience University for a Day at VIU

February 22, 2019

WHAT: Discovery Days 2019   WHO: High school students, Grades 10-12, from across the Island and further   WHEN: Tuesday, February 26 and Wednesday, February 27, 2019   WHERE: Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo Campus, various locations While Vancouver Island University (VIU) students hit the books during reading break, hundreds of high school students from across the... Read more


Indigenous Health Care Assistant Program

Indigenous Health Care Assistant Program Changing Lives

February 22, 2019

The Kw’am Kw’um Shhwuli (Strong Health, Well-being) Health Care Assistant program at VIU Cowichan combines technical training with wraparound supports and Hul’qumi’num language lessons to help move students into high-demand careers. ­­ A unique new program at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Cowichan Campus that combines Health Care Assistant training and Indigenous language and culture... Read more


Hundreds of High School Students Come to VIU for Skills Canada Regional Competition

February 20, 2019

WHAT: Skills Canada British Columbia Vancouver Island Central regional competition WHEN: Friday, February 22, 2019, 8 am to 4 pm WHERE: Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo Campus; Nanaimo District Secondary School; Dover Bay Secondary School; John Barsby Secondary School   Up to 700 secondary school students from Duncan to Nanaimo and Powell River will be at Vancouver Island University... Read more


VIU Alum of the Month: Annie Hepp

Alum of the month: Annie Hepp

February 19, 2019

It may take Vancouver Island University (VIU) Biology graduate Annie Hepp a little while to get used to living and working in one of the largest southern United States, where she has landed a position with Texas Parks & Wildlife.  “Living in Texas has definitely changed the way I view long distances and road trips! “We have six regions in Texas State Parks and I cover Central Texas to... Read more


VIU Awards Honorary Degree to a Pioneer in the Field of Social Isolation and Connectedness

January 18, 2019

“There is no other, the other is only ever us,” is the underlying theme in Kim Samuel’s work about connectedness and acknowledging humanity and our entitlement to be treated with love and respect.  Kim Samuel, Founder of the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness (SCSC), is unwavering in her advocacy for human rights and inclusive policy change. Her life’s work has focused on the power of... Read more


VIU Research Will Inspire Youth to Preserve Culture and Protect Salmon

January 16, 2019

Having the opportunity to go back to her community as a scholar to support the development of programs to preserve her language and culture is exciting to Vancouver Island University (VIU) Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies Professor Dr. Georgina Martin.  Martin has been awarded a $50,000 dollar Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation... Read more


VIU Graduate Student Researches How Libraries Impact People's Quality of Life

January 7, 2019

The value of public libraries goes well beyond the multitude of books lining the shelves.  Assessing the role that libraries play in contributing to community completeness and increasing? quality of life, and how this can, in turn, help marginalized urban groups is what Vancouver Island University (VIU) Master of Community Planning student Dylan Thiessen aims to determine.  Thiessen... Read more


VIU Launches Regional Air Quality Mapping Pilot Project in Alberni Valley

July 26, 2018

Applied Environmental Research Lab’s research vehicle hits the streets in August Researchers with Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Applied Environmental Research Laboratories (AERL) are trolling the streets this summer in the name of science. Faculty, researchers and students involved with the lab have a new world-class research vehicle, and with the co-operation of community partners in... Read more


VIU Plants for the Future with Local Partners

June 19, 2018

1,000 Trees Planted in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region In an effort to limit the environmental impact of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, in June 2018, the Government of Canada entered into an agreement with the Charlevoix Biosphere Reserve to make the summit an environmentally responsible event by reducing its carbon footprint. One of the highlights of this agreement was the planting... Read more


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