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

The Importance of Increasing Indigeneity at VIU

With everything that has happened so far in 2020—the pandemic, a steep rise in awareness about systemic racism, alarming weather events due to climate change, among many others—it’s clear the need for diversity in leadership to combat these issues is crucial. And, not just at a federal level, but in every institution. One thing that’s … Continued

Eliot White-Hill: A Snuneymuxw success story

Eliot White-Hill’s family has been engaged with the Snuneymuxw community for generations. His great-grandmother, Dr. Ellen White, was a life-long advocate and teacher, and an Elder-in-Residence at VIU for thirteen years. She and his great-grandfather, Chief Doug White I, worked together to advance Indigenous rights and combat social inequality. His grandmother, Joyce White, was instrumental … Continued

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

UVIC hosts Building Reconciliation Forum

Back in September, I joined a VIU dialogue group to discuss Indigenous perspectives in post-secondary education. The group is composed of 10 Indigenous students, five domestic non-Indigenous students, five international students, and various VIU faculty members and elders. The focus of the group is exploring what issues exist for Indigenous learners and what we as … Continued

Sisters in Spirit

In many traditional Indigenous beliefs, the spirits of missing and murdered women are lost and trying to find their way back home. Every year, candlelight vigils are held across Canada for these Indigenous women and girls, on—or as near as possible to—October 4. Vancouver Island University’s Student Union hosted this year’s ceremony at Shq’apthut (the … Continued

New VIU counselor focuses on Indigenous students

Above: Noelle Hanuse, who is from the Oweekeno and Klahoose First Nations, is the latest member of VIU’s Counseling Services team. 📷 VIU Communications By Jenn McGarrigle, VIU Communications  Noelle Hanuse is on a quest – to reach out to Indigenous students at Vancouver Island University (VIU); those who may not be aware of the counselling services … Continued

First Nations studies plan to change name to Indigenous studies

By contributor Spencer Sheehan-Kalina VIU’s Faculty of First Nations Studies announced to students that it will be changing its name to Indigenous Studies. Keith Smith, a professor who teaches First Nations Studies introductory courses, explained “the initial impetus behind it is that First Nations can been seen as fairly exclusive; the term doesn’t include Métis, Inuit … Continued

The Truth in Reconciliation

Above: An honouring ceremony for the Snuneymuxw people last year at VIU.  By Lori Shwydky  Last week, the “Indigenous Survivance: The Truth in Reconciliation” event was held on campus by my class, Health and Human Services 263 (HHS 263): Elder Teachings Across Disciplines, with instructors John Swift and VIU Elder Geraldine Manson. I used to think … Continued

Contest to give voice to Aboriginal writers

In Our Own Voice is an anthology series that publishes fiction written by Aboriginal writers from BC. The 2015 edition of the book featured writers from grades eight through 12, and Rebel Mountain Press and the Vancouver Island Regional Library have now announced a writing contest for 2016. The contest is open to Aboriginal writers—as … Continued

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