Acknowledging the Territory

  Hay ch qa’ sii’em siye’yu mukw mustimuxw (Thank you respected ones of this place) Vancouver Island University (VIU) is a place where history and traditions are acknowledged, where contributions are valued and where success is celebrated. Situated on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, VIU is fortunate to host a large number…

About the Ripple Project

The Ripple Project has been developed to showcase a number of initiatives and collaborations related to Indigenous education at Vancouver Island University.  Bringing Indigenous ways of knowing and being into our institutional fabric is necessary and aligns with our greater values.  We are moving forward, with care and respect, in a good way. Incorporating and…

Foundations in Kyuquot

Photo by Wendy Michelle John – Start of community smokehouse in Kyuquot Showing the community what we can do will open their eyes and influence the youth. ~Student, Kyuquot/VIU Aboriginal Construction Program The need for a Carpentry Foundation program in Kyuquot arose at the beginning of the last century when the community’s Big House was…

Guardians in Training: Connected, Cultural, Caring and Committed

By Katherine Gordon The Vancouver Island University Stewardship Technician Training Program (the STTP) offers First Nations students the skills and qualifications necessary to be land and water Guardians. The 2020—2021 program is being delivered within an expanded cultural framework, and with wrap-around support for the students. The positive results are already showing. “This program is…

Sponsored Students and the VIU Campus Store

The process for ordering books for sponsored students is the same as any other online order. Find books on our shop course materials page or course supplies from our course supplies catalogue. Select “sponsorship” as your primary payment method upon checkout and fill in the information. Please make sure to review the information below before…

Lessons for Decolonizing Post-Secondary Institutions

Authors: Ariane Campbell, Sharon Hobenshield, and Heather Burke Vancouver Island University (VIU) has been partnering with the Mastercard Foundation since 2017 on the EleV Program. EleV is driven by Indigenous communities and young people and tailored to each regional context, but broadly aims to support Indigenous learners through post-secondary education and on to meaningful work,…

Nicole’s Letter

The following letter was written by Nicole Morven who was a student in the Stewardship Technician Training Program, a partnership with Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative. She wrote this letter to herself as requested by the Program Coordinator half-way through the program to be read at her graduation. The purpose of the letter was to…

Indigenous Education Navigators

In the beginning ….. The excitement was in overdrive; faculty, students, and partners anticipation of a program that collaboratively co-creates a program was almost unbelievable.  Some students thought they were never going to be able to go to school, this program gave them a new opportunity to grasp hold of with their Navigators support.  Navigator’s,…

Gabrielle Scrimshaw VIU Indigenous Speakers Series

Gabrielle Scrimshaw is a vibrant voice among a younger generation of First Nations leaders. She holds an MBA from Stanford University, and is completing her Masters in Public Administration at Harvard. Now 29, she’s had quite a journey already. She grew up in Hatchet Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan. She left home at age 17, went to…

Shq’apthut

Shq’apthut – A Gathering Place on the Nanaimo campus is the home of Services for Aboriginal Students (SAS). All campus community members are welcome at Shq’apthut. It is a gathering place and home away from home for First Nations, Status, Non-Status, Métis, and Inuit students. Elders-in-Residence are available at Shq’apthut five days a week to…

Learning Partnerships

New Learning Partnership Supported by a commitment of $22.5 million over five years by the Mastercard Foundation and managed by the Rideau Hall Foundation, this learning partnership creates opportunities for Indigenous learners to be full partners in their education by providing educational experiences and support that are relevant to them. Students at Vancouver Island University…