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…

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…

Vancouver Island University’s Stewardship Technician Training Program

Vancouver Island University has been working in partnership with First Nation Communities to co-create and deliver a community-based program in resource management. VIU’s Stewardship Technicians Training Program (STTP) provides First Nations community members with applied skills and knowledge required for work in their communities in the growing field of resource stewardship. Specific work opportunities include…

Building Knowledge, Skills and Family through Stewardship Technicians Training on BC’s Coast

Two networks that provide support to Indigenous guardians on BC’s coast, the Coastal Stewardship Network and the Ha-ma-yas Stewardship Network, partnered with the Office of Aboriginal Education at Vancouver Island University (VIU) to develop a custom, vocational training program designed specifically for Indigenous guardians. The training program blends cultural awareness and leadership courses with industry…

Found in Translation

Author’s note: I originally wrote this reflection in Spring 2017, having participated in a campus indigenous learning circle for eight months. Another year of learning and reflection has passed, and looking back I see how much further I’ve travelled. Western academics are schooled to approach what we don’t know by applying what we do know….