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The Future of Reconciliation in Canada A VIU Conversation

VIU Hosts a Conversation on the Future of Reconciliation in Canada

April 13, 2022

What: The Future of Reconciliation in Canada: A VIU Conversation When: Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 10-11:30 am  Where: Online (Zoom webinar)   Reconciliation is a complex concept with a variety of definitions, meaning different things to different people, but one thing many agree upon is that for reconciliation to become a reality, significant structural and societal changes are needed.... Read more


Nine people gathered around conceptual drawing of Shq’apthut (A Gathering Place)

Provincial Government Funds Expansion of Shq’apthut, VIU’s Indigenous Gathering Place

April 8, 2022

Investment will enhance on-campus learning experience for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students Indigenous students at Vancouver Island University (VIU) will soon have access to more space as Shq’apthut (A Gathering Place) is expanded at the Nanaimo campus. The building is a home away from home for Indigenous students where cultural, academic, recreational and social activities are promoted and... Read more


VIU and UVic Presidents and Chancellors pose with the Talking Stick

UVic and VIU Deepen Relationship with Special Gifting Ceremony for New Chancellor

March 28, 2022

Cloy-e-iis, Dr. Judith Sayers, received a Talking Stick from UVic officials in a ceremony that followed Coast Salish protocol on March 24. A Talking Stick gifted by University of Victoria officials to Vancouver Island University’s Chancellor, Cloy-e-iis, Dr. Judith Sayers, solidifies a longstanding relationship between the two institutions and reaffirms a mutual commitment to reconciliation.... Read more


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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 Story VIU 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 Stories Toronto Star (through local journalism initiative): Indigenous journalists essential in amplifying the stories of Indigenous people. See VIU... Read more


Connie Walker

VIU Indigenous Speaker Talks About Journalism’s Role in Reconciliation

November 10, 2021

Investigative reporter Connie Walker is the keynote speaker for VIU’s seventh annual Indigenous Speakers Series on November 22. Connie Walker has devoted the past decade of her investigative journalism career to exposing the truth about the impacts of residential schools, and helping Indigenous people tell their own stories.  “We’ve all been touched by this legacy, our lives have been shaped and... Read more


Mother Tree, Red Cedar and Acrylic artwork

The View Gallery Presents Rande Cook

October 6, 2021

When a Tree Falls, Are We Listening? WHERE: VIU’s The View Gallery WHEN: October 14 – November 27, 2021 – Artist talk and reception October 21, 6-8 pm The View Gallery is thrilled to present an exhibition of new works from Kwakwaka’wakw multimedia artist Rande Cook. The exhibition will run from Thursday, October 14 to November 27, 2021, with an opening reception and artist talk to be held on... Read more


Portrait of Daniel R. Elliott, Indigenous artist

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... Read more


Eliot posing in front of the mural over the fireplace

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


Dr. Amanda Wager, wearing a green shirt and black blazer, stands in front of a white wall.

Indigenous Youth Exploring Issues through VIU Art-based Literacy Project

June 23, 2021

VIU community-engaged research team working with youth to use art as a conduit for self-care, language learning and as a relationship-building tool. A team of Vancouver Island University (VIU) community-engaged researchers is working with Indigenous youth on a project that is empowering them to explore important issues and share knowledge with the wider community through an artistic work. The... Read more


Portrait of mentors for VIU's Indigenous summer camp

Summer Camp Makes Transition to University Easier for Indigenous Students

June 22, 2021

The camp, which includes a blend of online and in-person activities, is organized by the VIU ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins Aboriginal mentorship program. A free summer camp for Indigenous youth in Grades 7-12 will connect students with culture, build community and make the transition to university easier.  The Thuy’she’num Tu Smun’eem: Building a Foundation for our Youth summer camp runs July 6... Read more