VIU’s new Elders-In-Residence

Nanaimo Campus’s Elders-In-Residence Program welcomes Maxine Hayman Matilpi (Lakwa) and Barney Williams (Klith-wii-taa) to the team. Elders-In-Residence programs can be found in universities across the country. VIU’s program has run since the 1990s, starting at the Cowichan Campus. At VIU, Elders can be found in roles that encompass student support, classroom instruction, teaching traditional protocols, … Continued

Women’s volleyball team makes CCAA history

This season, the VIU Mariners women’s volleyball team became the first team in CCAA history to win back-to-back National Championships. This was their third National title in four years. “It feels amazing,” Head Coach Shane Hyde said. “It’s awesome to be the first team to win back-to-back National Championships. We knew our team was good, … Continued

The resurgence of the indie bookstore

In January of this year, I started an internship at Windowseat Books in Nanaimo, in partnership with a creative writing course at VIU. The object of the course is to familiarize students with areas of interest, primarily in the editorial industry. This parallels my interest—my hopes, I suppose—for after graduation, but conceptualized as more of … Continued

VIU names Dr. Saucier as president

March started off with VIU announcing Dr. Deborah Saucier as the university’s next president and vice-chancellor. She will join VIU for a five-year term starting July 4, 2019. Saucier was most recently the president of MacEwan University, taking on the position in 2017. VIU held an international search for the next president, tapping into internal … Continued

Te’tuxwtun totem pole unveiled at VIU

As Vancouver Island University continues to integrate Indigenous perspectives on campus, the university celebrated two new pieces of Coast Salish art that will be displayed at the Nanaimo Campus. The unveiling ceremony for the Te’tuxwtun (Mt. Benson) totem pole was held in the newly constructed Centre for Health and Science (CHS) on February 9. William … Continued

Q/A: with Emma Platner

Playing in her final season at VIU guard Emma Platner has a lot to be proud of. Throughout her five-year career, coaches and teammates have relied on her leadership both on and off the court. She took time to chat with the Nav about the team’s preparation for the upcoming provincials, and personal takeaways from … Continued

New workshop for emerging writers in Nanaimo

This year Literacy Central in downtown Nanaimo will host a weekly workshop for emerging writers aged 15 – 30. The workshop will be facilitated by Greg Brown, a Nanaimo-born writer whose work has been published in Paragon, Postscript, Pulp Literature, Tate Street, Prism International, The Journey Prize 30: The Best of Canada’s New Writers, and … Continued

Best of the city: Cold Front Gelato

Upon first glance, Cold Front Gelato, located at 306-60 Commercial Street, is like many of the other shops in the area: cool, funky, and smelling amazing. In some ways, such as their insistence to stay loyal to the local community, they are the same. From the outside, the shop looks Scandinavian in style, with its … Continued

Eagles found poisoned in Cowichan Valley

Six bald eagles are dead and six others are sick and undergoing treatment in Nanaimo at the VCA Island Animal Hospital. The eagles were found in North Cowichan around the Herd Road area. The first two were brought in to the Raptor Rescue Society in Duncan on Wednesday, January 16, with the rest being discovered … Continued

Conversari opening night review

Conversari, the current exhibition at VIU’s View Gallery, is sure to provoke some interesting conversation. The display runs from January 11 to February 22 and features an avocado, a pencil, and a mitten; the disparate approaches of three different artists. Yet, there is a unity of purpose that shines through the shape and style of … Continued

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