Indigenous

Hay ch qa’ sii’em siye’yu mukw mustimuxw

(Thank you respected ones of this place)

Situated on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples, VIU is fortunate to host a large number of Indigenous students. VIU provides a learning environment that is accessible, relevant for all learners, celebrates success, and acknowledges history and traditions.

Our Services for Aboriginal Students and Office of Indigenous Education and Engagement offer a range of programs, supports and services for students, employees and the wider community.

Indigenous Events

Learn more about local events in our communities and around campus. 

  • Sep
    28
    11:00am to 1:00pm
    Nanaimo Campus

    Vancouver Island University students, staff, and faculty are invited to join us in Shq'apthut (Blg 170) and create a heart with a message about reconciliation. We will have the hearts posted across campus. Bring your own brown bag lunch.NOTE: Due...


  • Sep
    28
    1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Off Campus

    Do you want to check in or speak with an Aboriginal Advisor?Join us on Zoom!Meeting ID: 690 4421 4838 / Password: 285660Fall 2021 Hours:Mondays: 11:00 am - 1:00 pmTuesdays: 1:00 - 3:00 pmWednesdays: 10:00 am - 12:00 pmThursdays: 11:00 am - 1:00...


  • Sep
    29
    10:00am to 12:00pm
    Off Campus

    Do you want to check in or speak with an Aboriginal Advisor?Join us on Zoom!Meeting ID: 690 4421 4838 / Password: 285660Fall 2021 Hours:Mondays: 11:00 am - 1:00 pmTuesdays: 1:00 - 3:00 pmWednesdays: 10:00 am - 12:00 pmThursdays: 11:00 am - 1:00...


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Gathering Place

Office of Indigenous Education and Engagement

The Office of Indigenous Education and Engagement is a team of dedicated practitioners who work to: 

  • develop community-based educational opportunities for students, such as the Indigenous Eco-Tourism Training program; 

  • create a sense of belonging for Indigenous students on campus through the ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins Indigenous mentorship program and the Elders-in-Residence program; 

  • support faculty to bring Indigenous ways of knowing and being into their classrooms through the Na’tsa’maht Shqwaluwun (One Heart, One Mind) professional development series; 

  • and foster relationships with Indigenous nations. 

Learn more about the Office of Indigenous Education and Engagement
services for aboriginal students

Services for Aboriginal Students

Services for Aboriginal Students are available for one-on-one appointments with students, either by phone (250.740.6510) or through email.

Educational Advisors are available to help you with:

  • Exploring and developing your educational and career goals;

  • Changing programs, courses, and assisting with timetabling and registration;

  • Connecting you to academic supports;

  • Finding daycare and housing.   

Based out of Shq’apthut, VIU’s Aboriginal Gathering Place, Jennifer and Krista are here to listen and support students as they explore, plan and achieve their professional and educational goals.

Learn more about Services for Aboriginal Students

Meet with us online

While we can't meet in person as often as we used to, we're still available to students virtually. Services for Aboriginal Students are available for zoom appointments and have Shq’apthut Virtual Gathering Place drop-in zoom meetings scheduled:

  • Tuesday 1 – 3 pm
  • Wednesday 10 am – 12 pm
  • Thursday 11 am – 1 pm

Please use this password for the meeting room:  285660 

Join us in Zoom

EleV Learning Partnership for Indigenous Youth

EleV is a scholarship program available to Indigenous youth aged 18-35. It’s a collaboration between VIU and Indigenous communities that is funded by the Mastercard Foundation. The program, which aims to boost the number of Indigenous youth accessing post-secondary education, provides full tuition, books, a living allowance, support from an Indigenous Education Navigator and career advising to support the transition to the workplace with an Indigenous Employment Navigator. 

Learn more about EleV