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VIU Media Highlights: November 15-29, 2021

November 29, 2021

A roundup of VIU students and employees in the news.Top-performing Broadcast StoryVIU alumnus Wawmeesh Hamilton was the featured guest on the November 23 edition of the Our Native Land podcast on CHEK News. Reach: 42,000 people. Top 10 News StoriesToronto Star (through local journalism initiative): Indigenous journalists essential in amplifying the stories of Indigenous people... Read more


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VIU Education Student Investigates How Women Experienced Trauma During the First World War

November 5, 2021

Danielle Cossey-Sutton’s project was funded by a Mitacs Research Training Award.A gap in First World War research is how women experienced trauma. Vancouver Island University (VIU) Bachelor of Education student Danielle Cossey-Sutton spent part of the last academic year investigating this aspect of history.“Historical scholars admit it is difficult to explore gender studies during the First World... Read more


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Giving Tuesday at VIU Raises Funds for Students in Need

November 4, 2021

VIU’s eighth annual Giving Tuesday campaign runs from November 15 to November 30, 2021.Vancouver Island University (VIU) welcomes learners of all different ages and backgrounds.Sometimes learners need a little extra help to make their educational goals a reality, which is why the University has run a Giving Tuesday campaign for the past eight years. Giving Tuesday is a global movement to give... Read more


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VIU and Community Partners Remember Local Fallen Soldiers through Video Memorial

November 1, 2021

VIU video project acknowledges Nanaimo soldiers’ contributions to the First and Second World Wars.A video memorial project that 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 Wars will be displayed across the city November 1 -11, 2021.For the 11 days leading up to Remembrance Day, the Nanaimo Remembers... Read more


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VIU’s Engaged Citizens Speaker Series Confronts the Housing Crisis

October 7, 2021

WHAT: VIU’s Engaged Citizens Speaker SeriesWHEN: Thursday, October 14, 2021, 6 to 7:30 pmWHERE: Zoom webinar, Registration linkDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, housing has quickly become the frontline of defense against the spread of the virus. But for precariously housed or homeless people, the request to “stay home” is an impossibility. Leilani Farha, Global Director of The Shift, an... Read more


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VIU’s Malaspina Theatre Hosts Winds of Change Art Exhibit

September 22, 2021

Featuring works by Stz’uminus First Nation artist Daniel R. Elliott, the exhibit explores the impacts of colonization and how healing can be achieved.­­Indigenous artist Daniel R. Elliott wants to take people on a healing journey. But first, he’s asking people to confront the history and impact of residential schools head on, and not look away.His paintings are on display in the Malaspina Theatre... Read more


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VIU Professor Studies How Pandemic Affected Recreation Programming in the Yukon

September 14, 2021

Dr. Aggie Weighill is participating in a two-phase research project that aims to develop a more resilient, post-pandemic model of recreation delivery.How people view the role and importance of physical activity in the well-being and social togetherness of their community is a question that Vancouver Island University (VIU) Recreation and Tourism Professor Dr. Aggie Weighill is looking to answer... Read more


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BC Government announces support for VIU-developed drug checking technology

August 17, 2021

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is excited to share the news that the provincial government is providing $305,000 for HarmCheck – a cutting-edge drug-checking technology that was developed at VIU.It uses high-throughput paper spray mass spectrometry to provide rapid drug-checking and can be used on-site as a harm reduction method. HarmCheck is a collaboration between VIU and the Victoria-based... Read more


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Alum of the Month: Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun

July 15, 2021

Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun, graduated with a degree in Liberal Studies and Philosophy from VIU in 2018 with dreams of following his father and other family members into a career in Indigenous law. Right after graduation, he started a full-time job as Project Coordinator with Petroglyph Development Group, the economic development arm of Snuneymuxw First Nation, and soon started pursuing a... Read more


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Queen Elizabeth Scholars from Tanzania Learn Lessons in Resilience

July 7, 2021

VIU Master of Sustainable Leisure Management graduates conducted their research remotely this year due to the pandemic. The three final international participants of Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Queen Elizabeth Scholarship (QES) program will graduate this summer – marking the beginning of the final year of the program.After graduating from the College of African Wildlife Management... Read more