Multicultural Speakers Series – month of October

A number of the speakers are VIU students so here’s your opportunity to support peers; one of our own is among the first scheduled!

The Multicultural Speaker Series
Starting October 2, 2013

Stereotypes, racist comments, negative headlines in media about various countries, can leave people who have immigrated here viewed through a single lens. The Multicultural Speaker Series, a partnership of Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society and the City of Nanaimo, aims to widen the lens through which we view other countries, and immigrants in Nanaimo, many of whom are our neighbours.

This free speaker series, open to the public, will take place over four Wednesday Nights in October (Oct 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd) from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Rugby Clubhouse, 6700 Dover Road.

Each night two guest speakers from different parts of the world including: Iraq, Israel, China, Sudan and Ethiopia will take the stage to share information and experiences about their country of origin. Each evening will also have a different guest MC who will introduce the speakers and ask questions, including: David Stanley, the author of numerous travel guidebooks (Lonely Planet and Moon Handbooks), Kait Burgan, host of daily magazine show, Go! Island and Katrin Roth Von Szepesbéla Director, Human Rights and Respectful Workplace at VIU.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to better understand our neighbours, develop respectful relationships and reduce discrimination” says Samantha Letourneau, Diversity Coordinator at the Multicultural Society.

John Horn, Social Planner with the City of Nanaimo, believes that a successful city must include healthy relationships between all residents

To learn more about the IMMIGRANT WELCOME CENTRE and our many services for new immigrants and the community please call, visit or browse our website!

Multicultural Speaker Series Poster 
Updated list of speakers can be found online.

UNLEARN, REWILD: A Talk by Miles Olson

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies presents:

UNLEARN, REWILD: A Talk by Miles Olson

Thursday, Oct. 24th, 4:00-5:20pm
Building 355, Room 211 (Lounge)

Free event; all are welcome

What separates us from the rest of the natural world? Why is it that everything on this planet exists in a state of balance and synergy, with the exclusion of us? More importantly, how do we transform that? How do we rewild our minds, unlearn the conditioning, patterns and beliefs that lie at the root of our disconnect from self, others and the living world? Miles Olson uses personal stories and experiences as a springboard into these and other big questions.

Miles Olson has spent the past decade living off the grid, on the forested edge of a sprawling small city on Vancouver Island. During this time he has built a ‘feral homestead’ as a squatter, foraging, hunting, gardening and scavenging among a group of like-minded individuals dedicated to living close to the land, in alignment with their deepest values and truth. Olson’s decade long experiment in deep green simplicity has given him an extensive toolkit of traditional living skills, along with a truly unique and fascinating perspective on the relationship between the human and nonhuman worlds, sustainability, freedom, ecology, and the human experience. Olson is the author of Unlearn, Rewild: Earth skills, ideas and inspiration for the future primitive (2012, New Society Publishers). He has spoken to groups internationally about his journey and revelations.

For more information on this event, contact Dr. Carolyn Swanson at or 250-753-3245, extension 2140.

Traditional Pitcook, North Saanich, Sep 21

Hopefully a number of you can attend, this pitcook looks like it will be an amazing opportunity.

Please come out to what we hope will be the First Annual Traditional Foods Pitcook at the North Saanich Farm Market on Saturday, September 21.  We’re very proud of our little market and for the first time we will be showcasing local traditional foods and traditional food cooking methods.  We acknowledge the traditional territory of the Tseycum First Nation where the market and this event are being held, and look forward to spending time with Chief Vern Jacks and others during this exciting initiative.


Here’s a little more detail on the activities:
Friday, Sept. 20: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  Pit #1 is assembled with venison (yes, local) and camas bulbs (courtesy of Swan Lake Native Plant Garden).  This will be a 16 hour pitcook.
Saturday, Sept. 21: 7:00 – 8:30 am
  Pit #2 is assembled with a selection of root veggies.  This will be a 4 hour pitcook.
Saturday: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (approx.), during the Farm Market
  Cordage-making Workshop (with Brenda Beckwith) and Storytelling (with John Bradley Williams, Tsawout).
  Also, over an open fire we will making bannock and Earl Claxton Jr. (Tsawout) will be cooking salmon, clams, and venison.
  And (yes, there’s more), during the Farm Market, Ken Josephson and others will host an interactive Community Mapping display and table.
Saturday: 12:00 am – 12:30 pm
  Opening the pits!  Farm Market ends.
Saturday: 12:30 am – 1:30 pm (approx.)
  Sampling foods and sharing in wild-crafted tea, all by donation. YUM!
We hope you can make it up to the tippy-top of the Peninsula on Saturday, Sept. 21 It’s really not that far!
Brenda Beckwith & Penny Gibbs

Environmental Archaeology – six issues free until 15 Oct

Maney Publishing’s September 2013 Journal of the Month: Environmental Archaeology

Download 3 years’ worth of online content for FREE:

You’ll also find…

  • VIDEO: Editor Tim Mighall introduces the journal
  • VIDEO: Getting to know the Association for Environmental Archaeology (AEA) by Andy J Howard
  • Isotope analysis is the future of environmental archaeology by Richard Madgwick
  • A new geological period? Defining the Anthropocene and Environmental Archaeology by Tony Brown and Andy J Howard
  • Fairy circles and peat bogs: reconstructing ecosystems of the past by Tim Mighall
  • Zooarchaeology and the journal Environmental Archaeology by Hannah Russ
  • Geoarchaeology: the underlying framework for environmental studies by Matt Canti
  • The environmental context of past societies: seventeen years of archaeobotany in Environmental Archaeology by Don O’Meara
  • ‘Environmental Archaeologies of Neolithisation’: forthcoming special issues of Environmental Archaeology
  • A history of the journal and review of the archive
  • CALL FOR PAPERS: the editor is seeking submissions to the journal

Come meet Dave our new Bio Anth professor

Dave at Dmanisi

Come meet Dave, the newest addition to the Anthropology Department. Dave is a Biological Anthropologist and will be giving a talk on some of the work he has done and some of the new and exciting things happening in the world of Biological Anthropology.

Dave Excavating

  • Date:  Thu Sep 12, 2013
  • Time:  11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Building or Location:  356
  • Room:  313
  • Email:

Welcome – Shq’apthut (Gathering Place), Nanaimo

With a new academic year, there are a number of events (download the flyer) that will be held in the Gathering Place (Shq’apthut) for the month of September.

During the first week, Sep 5, a Welcome Feast is hosted by Aboriginal Alumni for all New Aboriginal Students.  Welcome Feasts representing Snuneymuxw (Sep 10), Kwak waka’wakw (Sep 12), Nuu-chah-nulth (Sep 16), and Métis (Sep 18) peoples are held during the second and third week.

Please note that the first event is for new aboriginal students only; all other events are open to everyone.  Consider yourself invited!!


Open access to Nov 1, 2013 – journal articles

Maney Publishing has announced a new selection of free articles for every journal in its 2013 archaeology and heritage collection.

View a full list of journals and access the free content at:

This selection of over 100 articles is free to download until 1st November 2013.