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douglas white iii speaks on re-imagining reconciliation in viu's indigenous speakers series

november 16, 2018

douglas white iii kwul’a’sul’tun learned how to fight at a young age. early on in life, he recognized that there is animosity in the world towards indigenous peoples and issues. it highlighted for him the importance of learning to stand up for himself and others in different ways. white will be sharing his story during vancouver island university’s (viu’s) fourth annual indigenous speakers... read more

indigenous students embrace success in elev partnership

october 17, 2018

by jenn mcgarrigle last fall, viu became part of elev, a new collaboration with the mastercard foundation, the rideau hall foundation, yukon college and indigenous communities. the first of its kind in canada, this learning partnership aims to better support indigenous learners in their post-secondary educational journeys and beyond by removing barriers and providing wrap-around support... read more

new lecture series explores reconciliation

october 16, 2018

a free monthly lecture series that aims to stimulate community dialogue about the relationship between canada’s indigenous and non-indigenous peoples launched at viu last december.  delivered through viu’s centre for pre-confederation treaties and reconciliation, the series has included talks by dr. judith sayers, president of the nuu-chah-nulth tribal council and adjunct professor at the... read more

viu and mcgill partner to create learning and research opportunities in indigenous studies

october 16, 2018

a deep and shared commitment to supporting the recommendations of canada’s truth and reconciliation commission (trc) have led mcgill university and vancouver island university (viu) to form a unique collaboration to create new opportunities in indigenous studies. on monday, october 15, 2018, prof. christopher manfredi, provost and vice-principal academic, mcgill university, and dr. ralph nilson... read more

viu awards honorary degree to national reconciliation leader

june 1, 2018

chief dr. robert joseph recognized at the june 4 convocation ceremony “let us find a way to belong to this time and place together. our future, and the well-being of all our children, rests with the kind of relationships we build today.” -chief dr. robert joseph   for world-renowned speaker for peace, forgiveness and reconciliation chief dr. robert joseph, changing the way people... read more

5 questions with emmy manson

march 8, 2018

emmy manson, who became a snuneymuxw first nation councillor on february 2, is proud to be living, working and raising her family in her territory. after receiving her human services worker diploma from viu in 2002, emmy went on to complete her bachelor of social work from the university of victoria (uvic). after working in the mental health field for seven years, she returned to uvic to do a... read more

the walrus talks leadership in nanaimo on march 13

february 14, 2018

the walrus foundation and vancouver island university (viu) are pleased to announce a special event exploring how our ideas and choices can shape the future of culture, reconciliation, economic development, and more. tickets are now on sale for vancouver island university presents the walrus talks leadership. the event takes place on tuesday, march 13 starting at 7 pm in viu’s malaspina theatre... read more

road to reconciliation

january 8, 2018

“the only path to reconciliation is one that begins with recognition.” – douglas white iii, director of viu’s centre for pre-confederation treaties and reconciliation    when canada’s truth and reconciliation commission released their report in 2015, there was a clear call to educational institutions to take responsibility for leading the way in addressing the challenge of... read more