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VIU News

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VIU Participates in Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative

VIU is excited to help host the launch of this important initiative. Please see this Indigenous Services Canada news release for more details on this project:...

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VIU Satyr Players Club Presents Six Shows During One-Act Play Festival

Student theatre club premieres never before seen plays during annual festival.The Satyr Players one-act play festival runs the gambit of emotions this year,...

Update for Jan. 19, 2020: ALL VIU locations set to resume regular Sunday business

Update for January 19, 2020: All VIU locations are expected to resume their regular Sunday operation. Any changes to this will be broadcast...

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VIU Events


FROST Pancake Breakfast

Free pancakes, sausages, & coffee for students until we run out! Served in building 193 starting at 8am.FROST is an annual winter theme'd event series for...


Indigenous Book Circle - Colonized Classrooms by Sheila Cote-Meek, Facilitated by Professor Martin Martens

20 copies of Colonized Classrooms by Sheila Cote-Meek are sponsored by the Office of Aboriginal Education and Engagement @ VIU. You must show your Eventbrite...


Workshop: Indigenous Research Methodologies

Hosted by VIU Indigenous Education Navigator Rob Mahikwa. Rob speaks with authenticity and passion about his pathways throughout research. Not only will you...

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Eric Friesen, a Bachelor of Science degree student, on a field trip

Eric Friesen

“All the professors in my department know me by name and have shown a genuine interest in not only teaching me, but helping me succeed. I would say that the teachers I’ve had have been more mentors than professors. It feels like everyone is there because they love science and it creates a wonderful atmosphere that makes good academic communication so incredibly easy. The professors taking a personal interest in the students, being approachable, and most importantly being passionate about biology has truly made me feel like my education matters to them.”

Bachelor of Science, Biology

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