Student Life

Elders tea and talk - daily drop-in chat schedule (check for exact times)

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Submitted by Kim Warkentine on February 2, 2021 - 1:29pm

Uncle Gary and Auntie Maxine is available only by phone.

The Elders tea and talk is a daily drop-in opportunity for students, faculty and staff to chat with the VIU Elders over Zoom or by phone. The Elders are knowledge keepers and are also great listeners.  The Elder’s February schedule has also been posted to the Office of Indigenous Education and Engagement Facebook. See below for times and contact information.

Walking together (q'ushin’tul): Dealing with Racism

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Submitted by Kim Warkentine on January 20, 2021 - 3:34pm

Walking together (q'ushin’tul): Dealing with Racism

 With Noelle Hanuse, Wellness Coordinator

This presentation looks at the history of anti-Indigenous racism from various perspectives including through a spiritual lens.  Students will be given tools and strategies to deal with racism and understand  the power of love to heal.

SAS Movie Night

Submitted by Francesca Paladino on January 15, 2021 - 2:20pm
Join SAS on Wednesday, January 20th at 6:00 pm for our first movie night of 2021!
We'll be showing a double feature: Glasses by Brian Duchscherer and The Reluctant Deckhand by Jan Padgett
Join us on Zoom:
Password: 011325
Meeting ID: 629 3322 7310

Stress Less workshop for students

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Submitted by Kim Warkentine on November 30, 2020 - 10:13am

Does the end of term have you stressed? Noelle Hanuse, Wellness Coordinator, is holding the 30-minute Stress Less workshop for students. Topics will include dealing with stress and anxiety, and how to deal with Thinking Traps. December 10, 1-1:30 pm. Zoom ID: 690 4421 4838 Password: 285660

Vancouver Island University All Nations Feast and Cultural Performances

Submitted by Jennifer Christ... on September 15, 2020 - 5:03pm

Please join us on Zoom as we honour the 4 Nations on Vancouver Island:

the Coast Salish, Kwakwaka'wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth and Metis.  Tune in and watch as the 4 Nations share their culture.

Thursday September 17, 2020

Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka'wakw Welcome

Tuesday September 22, 2020

Metis and Coast Salish Welcome

Register for FREE on Eventbrite to receive a Food basket.  Food basket pick up is on Sept. 18, Sept. 23, or Oct. 2 from 9am - 3pm


Theyul'shenum Tseep - Traditional Welcome for New Students

Submitted by Corinna Asdal on June 19, 2020 - 10:21am

Services for Aboriginal Students would like to invite you to be part of our 5th Annual Theyul’shenum Tseep "Setting your feet in a new direction". This is a traditional welcome, and is specifically designed for Aboriginal Students (and their families) studying at Vancouver Island University, and will be hosted on Zoom. We begin with an official Traditional Coast Salish Welcome presented by our Elders.

Sweetheart Feast

Submitted by Corinna Asdal on February 5, 2020 - 1:35pm

Join us on Thursday February 13th @ Shq'apthut for our annual Sweetheart Feast. We will serve pizza lunch at 11:45am, with a cake walk to follow. Win a prize for 'Best Cake'! Come, bring your friends and family, and let's celebrate love and friendship! If you would like to bring a cake for the cake walk come by Shq'apthut and pick up a cake mix and some icing!

Nanaimo Global Film Festival

Submitted by Corinna Asdal on January 31, 2020 - 3:53pm

Please join us at Shq'apthut - A Gathering Place, where the Nanaimo Global Film Festival will be featuring the following films:

Thursday February 6, 2020
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Featuring Doctrine of Discovery:  Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts and Jordan River Anderson:  The Messenger

Friday February 7, 2020
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Featuring Nipawistamasowin:  We Will Stand Up and Yalis Rising:  Celebrating the Tlisalagi'lakw School