Gathering Place

Services for Aboriginal Students

Come and meet the Services for Aboriginal Students Team!

VIU has Advisors working in Shq'apthut (A Gathering Place) who provide culturally appropriate services to Indigenous students with one-on-one appointments, phone calls and emails for: advising including education and career exploration, referrals to counselling, and support with financial aid, scholarships, funding options, daycare, and housing.

Here are some reasons that students come to see an Advisor or participate in Services for Aboriginal Students:

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

Indigenous Advisors

More Information

Nanaimo Campus

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

In the event of VIU Campus Closures due to winter weather conditions, please email or attend the regularly scheduled Zoom drop-in. 

Phone: 250.740.6510
Toll-Free: 1.888.920.2221 Ext: 6410

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: + 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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