Language in the Era of Reconciliation

Canada is actively building collective knowledge about our true shared history with indigenous peoples, language, identity and nationhood. With national movements under way, have you found yourself tongue-tied trying to find the right language to engage indigenous peoples and start meaningful conversations? Learn how to become a better ally by exploring how language can strengthen relationships with First Nations, Metis and Indigenous peoples.  Featuring guest speakers Victor Grant and Bruce Lawson.

Date and time: October 15, 10:30 am

Location: Shq'apthut, Gathering Place, Building 170


Gender and Sexual Orientation Workshop

Featuring guest speaker Kerri Isham, a sexual education specialist from PowerUp. This event is hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Date and time: October 17, 1:00-2:30 pm

Location: Building 356, Room 109

How Immigration Policies on International Students Impact Educational Institutions

Featuring guest speaker Mak Ergasheva. This is part of a Lunch and Learn series hosted by the Scholarship, Research and Creative Activities office.

Date and time: October 29, 12 noon -1:00 pm

Location: Building 305, Room 440 (lounge).

World VIU Days

At Vancouver Island University, WorldVIU Days is a week-long annual event where we explore how culture influences the way we make sense of the world – our worldview. This year we will focus on creating a connected community through showcasing efforts that students, staff and faculty are making to increase social connections between people from different cultural backgrounds.

Date and time: November 4-8, 2019

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Popcorn and a Movie - Shameless: The Art of Disability

This is a documentary film about persons living with a disability, and explores culture and the transformational power of art for these persons. Hosted by Disability Access Services.

Date and time: December 3, 2019, 1:30-3.30 pm

Location: Building 200, Room 203


The Na’tsa’ maht Shqwaluwun: One Heart, One Mind learning series

The Na’tsa’ maht Shqwaluwun: One Heart, One Mind learning series includes a range of half-day, full-day and multiple-day education sessions taking place throughout the school year that are free and open to all interested faculty, staff, students and community members. Such learning series offer a variety of ways to learn more about Indigenous Perspectives and engage with others.

For more information, please visit

There are four events in the series, including:

Smudging with Auntie Stella

Smudging is traditionally a ceremony for purifying or cleansing the soul of negative thoughts of a person or place.

Date and time: Mondays, 9:00-10.30 am

Location: Shq'apthut - Gathering Place, Building 170

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Soup & Bannock

This speaker’s series is held by Office of Aboriginal Education & Engagement at Vancouver Island University and sponsored by various VIU departments. These talks are Tuesday over the lunch hour once a month in Shq’apthut – A Gathering Place and provide the opportunity for students, staff, faculty and community to expand their experience and awareness in current Indigenous topics and various aspects of Aboriginal Ways of being and Knowing.

Date and time: Tuesday, monthly, 11.30 am-1:00 pm

Location: Shq'apthut - Gathering Place, Building 170

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Indigenous Book Circles

The Indigenous Book Circles offer an opportunity to those interested in discussing the prominent and contemporary themes present in Indigenous literature of all genres. The Office of Aboriginal Education and Engagement at Vancouver Island University has generously offered to purchase books for up to 20 participants for each circle.

Dates and locations: 

November 6, 2019 at Strong Nations Gifts & Books

January 22, 2020 at VIU Library, Building 305, Room 509

To register, please visit


Kairos Blanket Exercise sessions

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a facilitated two-hour interactive exercise. The exercise is facilitated by a Narrator who walks the participants through the history of treaty-making, colonization and resistance that resulted in the nation we today call Canada.

Dates, times and locations:

November 22, 9:00-11:00 am, Building 355, Room 211

March 13, 2020, 9:00-11:00 am, Building 305, Room 507

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Disability Access Services

The Disability Access Services Office provides information, support services and reasonable accommodation in all programs to students with documented permanent and temporary disabilities ranging from mental health, ADHD, learning disabilities, chronic health issues, hearing and visual impairments, physical disabilities and temporary impairments due to accident, illness or injury.

Date and time: Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 pm

Location: Shq’apthut – A Gathering Place, Building 170

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Culture Couch

The Culture Couch Series is a place to engage in cross-cultural understanding. Each session is uniquely crafted by student volunteers who take on the role of hosts and share aspects of their culture with their peers. The evening often consists of sampling traditional foods, sharing music, and engaging in conversation.

Date and time: Every Tuesday, 5:00-6:00 pm

Location: First floor, Building 255

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Local Hike

Every Friday, the Cultural Connections Team will lead a hike around Nanaimo. This is the great occasion for you to explore some of the most scenic trails and make friends.

Date and time: Fridays, 1:30-4:00 pm.

Location: meeting at Building 255

Upcoming hikes: Oct 4 - Jack point

                              Oct 18 - Westwood Lake

                              Nov 15 – Englishman

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Cultural Connections Road Trip

Every semester, the Cultural Connections Road Trips team prepare a schedule of seasonal weekly Road Trips activities available to all registered VIU students.

Date: Saturdays.

Location: meeting at Building 255

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No Worries Wednesday

No Worries Wednesday is a series where blog contributors speak to a topic which they were worried about before they participated in an education abroad experience.


Men’s Group

This is a male community with 8 weeks of group meetings, during in the fall and spring semesters.

-Build skills

-Receive empathy

-Be heard and understood

-Experience a safe place to talk

-Talk about what your needs are as a male

Date and time: Fridays, 10:30 am-12 noon

For more information, please call 250.740.6416, or email or drop in at the Health and Wellness Centre (B200 R308) to arrange a meeting.

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Community Peace Garden

The Community Peace Garden hosts a weekly work party at the Peace Garden Educational Ecosystem on VIU campus, every Saturday from 1-3 pm. This is the great occasion for you to learn about pollinators, permaculture, urban farming, biodiversity, sustainable gardening practices, and engage with others.

Date and time: Saturdays, 1:00-3:00 pm

For more information, please visit

VIU Residence/ The ResLife

The VIU Residence Team will host exciting events either weekly or monthly, for example: Good Food Box cooking night on the second Wednesday of each month. Check out their Facebook page for upcoming events.

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The Indigenous Perspectives Learning Circle Group

The group made up of 10 Indigenous, five international, and five non-Indigenous students meet monthly over the school year to discuss how to better incorporate Indigenous perspectives into their work, studies and personal lives.

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Positive Space Alliance

Positive Space promotes the creation of a space defined by equality, free from discrimination and hate. It is a public proclamation of support and affirmation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning (LGBTQ+) members of our community, making the campus a more welcoming place for all. Positive Space often host some events or training sessions to promote inclusion at VIU. Checking for upcoming events through the Facebook page.

For more information, please visit


Queer and Allies Meeting - Let's Have a Kiki

Positive Space Alliance is hosting a meeting every Wednesday at the VIU Residence.

Date and time: Wednesdays, 5:00-600 pm 

Location: VIU Residences, Building 4 - Cedar Center. 

Global Groove

Global Groove is a FREE monthly concert series produced just for VIU students! Each month features a different musical genre from around the world.  Concerts are the first Thursday of every month, September-April.

Date and time: First Thursday of every month, 9:00 pm - midnight.

Location: Campus pub.

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