In Plain Sight

“You’re going through withdrawal, it’s from all the alcohol you people drink; you’ll have to wait for your booze.” An Indigenous woman recalls hearing these words yelled at her from across the recovery room after she underwent surgery for a brain aneurysm back in 2018. She was one of many Indigenous people who shared their … Continued

The 16 Days of Activism Campaign

VIU is participating in the 16 Days of Activism Campaign that aims to eliminate gender-based violence. The United Nations (UN) campaign to end violence against women begins on November 25 each year (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and runs until December 10 (Human Rights Day). The campaign indicates that violence … Continued

Continuing the Conversation on Mental Health

In this “new normal,” it’s difficult to imagine a time when a desolate VIU Nanaimo campus was anything but standard. Conversely, a November reading break at VIU is still a fairly new concept. For those unaware, on November 5, 2018, Spencer Stone Shutes tragically passed away after falling from the fifth floor of VIU’s Nanaimo campus … Continued

Beyond 2020 Job Fair

If you’re a student looking for meaningful employment during a time when it seems scarce, you are in luck. Beyond 2020: Vancouver Island Career and Connections Fair is a virtual job fair co-organized by VIU, Royal Roads University, North Island College and Camosun College. The all-day event takes place on November 19 and registration is … Continued

Together Alone

The fall semester will soon come to a close as VIU students complete their first full semester of online schooling. Although many students have returned to school, they have not returned to the normalcy of what they expected or what they wanted—they have returned to something many are calling a waste of time, a waste … Continued

Turning Setbacks Into Goals

If you’re looking for inspiration on how to not only be an exemplary citizen in your community, but in school and in your personal life, look no further than VIU student Vantaisha (Taish) Tommy. Tommy is being recognized for her community service and commitment to her studies after being awarded the Mike Coleman Award for … Continued

HOECUS POCUS Halloween Drag Show

If you thought that Halloween events were canceled this year, you were wrong! The Queen’s, located in downtown Nanaimo, is hosting two Dark CarniEvil themed drag shows put on by Divine Girl Productions on Friday, October 30. The first show runs from 5:30–7:30 pm and the second from 8:30–10:30 pm. Both shows are hosted by … Continued

No Gym? No Worries:

Here we are again—a COVID-related article. Our daily life and routines have changed dramatically as we’ve adapted. Exercise is no exception.  In fact, having a strong activity routine can be a major help in keeping up mental health, as well as physical health.  You may look at public gyms and think, “OK, I have to … Continued

Power to the People:

The City of Nanaimo is asking its citizens how they think the city should evolve over the next decades. REIMAGINE NANAIMO set up booths last weekend and will again this weekend to answer questions and hear ideas about the city’s future.   REIMAGINE NANAIMO is a team put together by the city and has been … Continued

ImagineNATIVE Festival

ImagineNATIVE Festival is a film, media and arts festival that is will be fully online this year. It will be available worldwide from October 20–October 25. ImagineNATIVE is usually held live in Toronto, but not this year, because, well, you know—COVID-19. In this case though, there is a huge silver lining. For the first time, … Continued

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