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

Shq'apthut - Bldg 170

Jennifer Christoffersen
Coordinator/Educational Advisor
Jennifer.Christoffersen@viu.ca

Dale Hunt
Educational Advisor
Dale.Hunt@viu.ca

Tel: 250-740-6510
Toll-Free: 1-888-920-2221 Ext. 6510
E-mail: sas@viu.ca

Zoom Drop-In: Chat one-on-one with an Advisor

Fall hours:

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

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://viu.zoom.us/j/69044214838?pwd=Y3V6ZnpVQVBKZkUra2FBNldHV2xEZz09

Password: 285660
Meeting ID: 690 4421 4838

Or join by telephone:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

Canada: +1 647 374 4685 or +1 647 375 2970 or +1 647 375 2971 or +1 778 907 2071 or +1 204 272 7920 or +1 438 809 7799 or +1 587 328 1099

Password: 285660

International numbers available: https://viu.zoom.us/u/gdA2fjQSBK

Zoom appointments or phone calls can be arranged outside of the scheduled hours

Shqapthut Virtual Gathering Place - Fall 2021