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Indigenous speaker shares story of fight for the return of traditional lands

March 9, 2023

Wilson Williams (Sxwíxwtn), a Squamish Nation Councillor and Spokesperson, will deliver the keynote address at VIU’s Indigenous Speakers Series event on March 20. Wilson Williams (Sxwíxwtn) grew up without knowledge of his culture or history. His parents, both residential school survivors, did not talk about any element of their First Nations background and it wasn’t until Sxwíxwtn was in his... Read more


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VIU News & Experts: March 2, 2023

March 2, 2023

Pyschedelic research, International Women's Day, sustainable development week and more. Reach out to us for experts for your stories!  Featured experts VIU experts on International Women's Day March 8 is International Women's Day, a day to celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness about discrimination and take action to drive gender parity. Eliza Gardiner, Chair of VIU Faculty Association'... Read more


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VIU and Northpine Foundation expand educational opportunities in BC correctional centres

March 1, 2023

The Northpine Foundation is gifting the University more than $1 million to increase programming options and develop employment training. A program on Vancouver Island that allows university students to learn alongside incarcerated people in provincial correctional centres will expand, thanks to a $1.1-million gift from the Northpine Foundation. This generous gift will expand Vancouver Island... Read more


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More than a thousand students Discover VIU at open house events next week

February 16, 2023

Discovery Day and Discovery Night bring potential students to campus. When: Wednesday, February 22, 2023, 9 am to 2 pm (Discovery Day); 6 to 9 pm (Discovery Night) Where: VIU’s Nanaimo campus (see campus map) Nanaimo, BC: More than a thousand high school students, mature students and parents will be coming to Vancouver Island University (VIU) next week for Discovery Day and Night – the University... Read more


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VIU Media Highlights: December 20, 2022

December 20, 2022

Year in review, new pharmacy technician training & seasonal experts 🎄 This is our last media highlights email of 2022. Vancouver Island University will be closed for winter break from Friday, December 23, 2022, to Monday, January 2, 2023, reopening on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. All the best for a relaxing, restful holiday season to you all. In this issue, we have a couple experts ready give... Read more


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VIU Media Highlights: November 23, 2022

November 23, 2022

Seaweed product research, Christmas magic & sustainable packaging 📦 November is a busy month at VIU. Students are showcasing projects they have been working on all semester, and we have a lineup of community-focused events and campaigns.  Top stories VIU students pitch seaweed products to industry tonight What happens when VIU microbiology and culinary arts students work together? Some cool... Read more


VIU's Indigenous Speakers Series featuring Wilson Williams (Sxwíxwtn)

Indigenous speaker shares story of fight for the return of traditional lands

November 22, 2022

Wilson Williams (Sxwíxwtn), a Squamish Nation councillor and spokesperson, will deliver the keynote address at VIU’s 2022 Indigenous Speakers Series event on November 29. Wilson Williams (Sxwíxwtn) grew up without knowledge of his culture or history. His parents, both residential school survivors, did not talk about any element of their First Nations background and it wasn’t until Sxwíxwtn was in... Read more


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VIU launches new service to help connect students and employers

November 18, 2022

What: Career Studio grand opening When: Monday, November 21, 2022, 11 am to 1 pm Where: The Career Studio, Building 255, Room 204 at VIU’s Nanaimo campus (see campus map) The latest BC Labour Market Outlook report forecasts more than one million job openings in the province over the next 10 years. Of these one million job openings, almost 80 per cent are expected to require post-secondary... Read more


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VIU Giving Tuesday campaign raises funds for students in need

November 17, 2022

University’s ninth annual campaign runs from November 15 to 29, 2022. Access to quality, nutritious food is vital to academic success, but with inflation eroding students’ spending power, it is getting harder for some to meet this basic need. That’s why the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Foundation is raising money for Give a Meal, a new initiative launched by VIU’s Ancillary and Food Services... Read more


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Alum of the Month: Délani Valin

November 16, 2022

Délani Valin’s passion for words started at just 10 years old when she would find interesting words in the thesaurus and write poems about them or insert them into poems. Now, the VIU Creative Writing grad has released her first book of poetry, Shapeshifters. This latest development should come as no surprise to anyone who knows Valin, who won The Malahat Review's Long Poem prize while still a... Read more