Gathering Place

Services for Aboriginal Students

COVID-19 Update: Drop in, face-to-face reception enquiries, and/or meetings are not currently available. SAS will continue to support students by email: or by phone: 250-740-6510 

Come and meet the Services for Aboriginal Students Team!

We provide culturally appropriate services to a Aboriginal students with one-on-one student appointments, phone calls and emails for:  advising, first level counselling, financial aid, scholarships, funding options, career counselling, daycare, and housing.  We listen and support students with academic or personal concerns as they explore, define, plan, and achieve their career and educational goals throughout their educational journey.

  • Explore and develop your educational and career goals in a supported environment.
  • Change programs, courses, and get assistance with timetabling and registration.
  • Information about funding options for Status and Métis students as well as Aboriginal bursaries, scholarships, awards, and student loans.
  • Access to a range of academic workshops, tutoring, one-on-one writing and research opportunities.
  • Assistance finding accommodations and day care.
  • Opportunities to participate in feasts and to witness traditional cultural presentations from the four Vancouver Island Nations (Coast Salish, Nuu chah nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Métis).

More Information

Nanaimo Campus

VIU Indigenous Student Educational Advisors, Jen and Krista

Jennifer Christoffersen
Coordinator/Educational Advisor

Krista Joseph
Educational Advisor

Tel: 250-740-6510
Toll-Free: 1-888-920-2221 Ext. 6510

Zoom Drop-In:
Join our Zoom drop-in sessions to chat with Jen or Krista and get your questions answered!

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Meeting ID: 690 4421 4838 / Password: 285660

Tuesdays: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Wednesdays: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursdays: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fridays: 9:00 - 11:00 am

Virtual Gathering Place Schedule