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In Search of the Promised Land: Freedom, Prosperity and #Landback for Indigenous Peoples

Max FineDay, Executive Director of the Canadian Roots Exchange, will share his perspective on what reconciliation looks like during VIU’s fifth annual...

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Community Remembers Fallen Soldiers in Remembrance Day Project

VIU video memorial that honours Nanaimo soldiers’ contributions to the First and Second World Wars to be displayed across the city.­­A unique video memorial...

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VIU Mariners Soccer Teams Heading to Nationals

VIU Mariners men’s and women’s soccer teams looking to bring home some hardware at the CCAA Nationals.Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) men’s and women’s...

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VIU Events

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Soup & Bannock Lunch & Learn with Kelly Terbasket

"Strengthening Relationships for Indigenous Resurgence"Join IndigenEYEZ Program Director Kelly Terbasket for a presentation about her work in strengthening...

Nov
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WORKPLACE ESSENTIAL SKILLS & TRAINING PROGRAM STUDENTS' ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

Throughout the month of November, the WEST Students will be selling hot chocolate in the shape of reindeer and Santa Claus. They are priced at $5 each....

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UnTeach: Engage Your Students for Lasting Impact

Successful teachers are agents of deep change. They can be singlehandedly responsible for altering permanently the way students think, act, and view the world—...

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Language in the Library

Coast Salish lands and communities are living libraries. From living libraries stem Indigenous language and story. Please join Jane Alcorn, Penelakut and...

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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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