Welcome! Services for Indigenous Students would like to invite you to be part of our 8th Annual Theyul’shenum Tseep – “Setting Your Feet in a New Direction” - A Traditional Welcome for New Indigenous Students

This is an event specifically designed for Indigenous Students (and their families) studying at Vancouver Island University. This session generally begins with an official Traditional Coast Salish Welcome from our VIU Elders, followed by a range of interactive presentations of academic, health, wellness and cultural services available to assist you as you begin your journey as a student. 

This event will take place on August 31 from 9-10am in Building 210 in the first floor Atrium. 

If you would like to attend, please register here. Hope to see you there!

The following departments will have representatives at the event to meet with you and answer your questions.

On Campus Services

Provides information, support services and reasonable accommodation to students with documented permanent and temporary disabilities, such as mental health conditions, ADHD, learning disabilities, chronic health issues, hearing and visual impairments, physical disabilities, and temporary impairments due to accident or injury.

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Located in building 255, second floor

(250) 740-6446




Supports Indigenous students in their education and life transitions, helping them to achieve their goals through Adult Upgrading and in the Aboriginal University Bridging Program.

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Located in building 205, room 236

Sarah Fulla

(250) 753-3245 Local 2193



Creates a supportive adult education program incorporating face-to-face classroom learning, ongoing learner support, coaching and mentoring.

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Located in building 205, room 232



The Centre for Experiential Learning is dedicated to student success through work-integrated learning, career services, peer-supported learning and the Office of Co-Curricular Engagement & Learning, preparing students for transitioning into life after graduation.

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Comprised of current VIU Indigenous students, we aim to strengthen community on campus and promote positive experiences in higher education. 

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(250) 729-5284




Vancouver Island University is committed to student success and learning through experience. The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) encourages more holistic academic and career development for VIU students by building upon their accumulating skills and experiences. 

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Elders are active in a variety of areas encompassing student support, classroom instruction, teaching traditional protocols and cross-cultural sharing.

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(250) 740-6305




VIU medical clinic has two Nurse practitioners (NP). The VIU Medical Clinic is not a walk-in clinic and appointments must be made.  The appointment line is available Monday - Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm. Current students without a local primary care provider (Local = from Comox Valley to Cowichan Valley) are eligible to be seen. 

VIU Counselling Services offers free confidential and professional support to enrolled VIU students. 

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Located in building 200, 3rd floor

Medical Clinic: 



Counselling Services: 

(250) 740-6416


VIU Indigenous Educator Navigators are here to help with possible funding through the EleV Mastercard Scholarship Foundation, connect to supports you might need, help with course planning  and provide advocacy and cultural connections.  We also work with your Nation to build positive relationships that will help you find success in your educational journey.

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Librarians & Library staff welcome students seeking information about accessing and using library services and research resources.

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Book a library research appointment with Patricia Geddes

Contact the Library 

(250) 740-6330




Mariners Athletics & Recreation endeavors to engage students in the campus community and encourage involvement in activities that foster meaningful connections, healthy practices and holistic learning.

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Located in building 190

(250) 740-6418   



VIU students are welcome to come and get help from fellow students.  The centre is staffed by student-tutors selected from VIU science programs.

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Located in Building 360, Room 303


Work with Indigenous communities of this region in the area of project development.  Provide leadership in enacting institutional protocol and facilitating   Indigenous awareness and understanding.

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Located in building 180, 4th floor



Supports Indigenous (First Nations/ Metis/ Inuit) students academically, socially, and culturally to succeed in achieving their educational goals.

Usually located in Building 170 Shq'apthut - A Gathering Place, the Indigenous Student Advisors can be found in Building 180, Room 4xx until Spring 2024.

Contact us!

(250) 740-6510



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Offers campus life, advocacy and services for all students at VIU. Includes events, campus pub, clubs, discounted transit bus passes, book swap service for textbooks, faxing, photocopying, health and dental coverage, and so much more. 

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Located in Building 193





Qualified and friendly faculty tutors are available to provide assistance with your writing and with your thinking about your writing.  This is a FREE service. The Writing Centre is open for online consultations during all semesters including summer sessions at https://vancouver.mywconline.com

 Contact us!

Located in Building 305, Room 474

(250) 740-6191