Gathering Place

Services for Aboriginal Students

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 Advising Centre and most other services are closed on statutory holidays.

Phone: 250.740.6510
Toll-Free: 1.888.920.2221 Ext: 6410
Email: sas@viu.ca

Please email us directly to request a daytime appointment virtually or in person.

In-Person Drop In

At Shq'apthut - A Gathering Place (Building 170

Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 3 pm

Zoom Drop In

Tuesday from 1 pm - 2 pm

Wednesday from 10 am - 11 am

Thursday from 12 pm - 1 pm 

Join via Zoom from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android

Meeting ID: 628 4701 3104
Password: 096305

Or join by telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): Canada: +1.204.272.7920 or +1.438.809.7799 or +1.587.328.1099 or +1.613.209.3054 or +1.647.374.4685 or +1.647.375.2970 or +1.647.375.2971 or +1.778.907.2071
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