Elders in Residence Letter of Agreement

Vancouver Island University and the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association composed a Letter of Agreement to appropriately identify and honor the distinctive role of our Elders in Residence. It is recognized that given the holistic and fluid nature of Indigenous peoples’ relationships to each other, their knowledge systems and the environment, the institutional language used…

Tribal Journeys

A group of 29 faculty, staff, students and community members representing Vancouver Island University (VIU) are making final preparations to set out from Nanaimo’s Departure Bay Saturday, June 28 on a three-week canoe journey as participants in Tribal Journeys (Qatuwas) 2014. Their final destination is the First Nations community of Bella Bella, located on an…

Kairos Blanket Exercises

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise explores the history of Canada from an Indigenous perspective. The exercise uses blankets to represent the lands of what is now called Canada, and the distinct cultures and nations which live on those lands to this day. Participants represent the First Peoples; when they move onto the blankets, they are taken…

Totems at VIU

  We were honoured to celebrate the raising of our new totem on campus on Oct. 12, 2016. We now have three beautiful totems at VIU’s Gathering Place and we’re excited to be presenting several events at VIU focusing on reconciliation between Canada’s Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous peoples in the coming weeks and months. Please…

Indigenous Perspectives to Enrich Teaching and Learning in the Classroom

The Office of Aboriginal Education & Engagement and the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning at Vancouver Island University regularly collaborate to invite teaching faculty members to engage with Indigenous perspectives and critically reflect about suggested teaching and learning practices that would help support a classroom free of marginalization for all learners. Collaboration and…

Community Cousins

‘Su’ luqw ‘a’ Community Cousins are Aboriginal Students attending Vancouver Island University. As mentors, the cousins work together as a team and put our ideas together to bring events and programs to the Aborginal student community! ‘Su’luqw’a’ are passionate about health, wellness and culture. We join the program with intentions to support Aboriginal students, create…

First Nations Students Find their Voice

Sharon Hobenshield, VIU’s Director, Aboriginal Education, explains why VIU’s programs and supports for First Nations students have been so effective in helping students find their voice. This video was part of a campus announcement and celebration on Sept. 20, 2017 where $13.5 Million in funding was announced towards removing barriers for indigenous students. Thanks to…