VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

Scholarship, Research & Creative Activity

2020-21 Research and Creative Activity Highlights Report

The 2020-21 Research and Creative Activity Highlights Report shines a light on the research and creative activities that Vancouver Island University faculty and students are engaged in.

Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity at VIU!

'Research' is not something separate that just happens in the ivory tower of academia, but involves real people in real projects on the ground in real communities. Check out some of the amazing work that members of VIU 'created' in 20/21 including (click on the titles below for links):

View VIU Member Session Recordings from the Cascadia Open Education Summit 2021

Includes sessions and panelists from VIU including: 

Join a CBRC panel discussion on Bridging Indigenous and Western Research Paradigms with VIU's Danielle Alphonse,  BC Regional Innovation Chair for Aboriginal Early Childhood Development

Congratulations Dr. Sharon Hobenshield, Maureen Thomas and Tine Reimers, BC Campus 2021-22 Research Fellows!

The BC campus Research Fellows program provides support for B.C. post-secondary educators to conduct research on improving student learning and to share their results and experiences with peers in B.C. and beyond. Maureen Thomas and Tine Reimer's research question will be: How can VIU, as a public post-secondary institution, be responsive to the findings and considerations in the Making a Difference: “Walking away with a Good Mind and a Good Spirit” Report that endorses the vision of stewardship to uphold the ecological, social, and spiritual values of Coastal First Nations, including the protection of ancestral territories and economic health for communities. And Sharon Hoenshield's primary research question is: What processes and protocols are necessary to engage in the kinds of relationships that foster a co-creation approach to community-based teaching and learning with Indigenous communities?

What's Happening

Archeologist Christine Roberts’, member of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation and graduate from VIU's Anthropology program, delves into the lives of her First Nations ancestors as a monitor of excavations during upgrades to Highway 19 along the east coast of Vancouver Island near Campbell River. The highway, constructed decades ago, runs through the heart of her nation’s traditional territory.
On Father’s Day in June 2018, Samantha Good, an undergraduate student studying anthropology at VIU, was participating in a field school that was working on an excavation in the Drimolen cave in South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind. She uncovered what appeared to be a canine tooth jutting out from the loose brown sediment. Ms. Good kept digging until she found two more teeth and a partial palate, and then alerted her instructors. (Article published in the NY Times on Nov. 9th)
Dr. Georgina Martin is the only BC representative to be elected to the Tri-agency reference group, a national group responsible for providing direction on building mutually respectful relationships between Indigenous communities and researchers.

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