Mi’kmaq memories

Mi’k-what? Mi’kmaq is my heritage, or so I believe. Pronounced <mik mak> or with silenced k and q <me mah>, and representing a large native population in the Maritime provinces, specifically my father’s province of New Brunswick and the accompanying Indian Island (yes, that’s a real place). Shawn Atleo recently returned to VIU’s Nanaimo campus … Continued

Indigenous reconciliation: Re-learning history for the future

Above: Doug White via dougwhiteforchief.com By contributor Chantelle Spicer The idea of reconciliation between First Nations and non-Indigenous peoples was heavy in the minds of many people this year, and it’s one which will continue to profoundly shape our social, political, and legal worlds for years to come. After many events concerning reconciliation in the … Continued

Paradigm shift: Redefining our Indigenous relationships

Above: A full house for the panel discussion on the call to action of Canada’s TRC and the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People at VIU on November 2 By contributor Chantelle Spicer Our society moves from one buzzword to the next: “organic,” “sustainable,” “green,” “growth,” and now, here in Canada, we have “reconciliation,” … Continued

VIU hosts free science & technology lecture series

Dr. Marc Trudel of Nanaimo’s Pacific Biological Station delivers a free public lecture January 21 at VIU’s Nanaimo campus about the migration patterns of the Pacific salmon. By contributor Marilyn Assaf.  Everything from astronomy, to glaciation, to human nutritional needs will be discussed by expert scientists during VIU’s free Science & Technology lecture series. The weekly lecture … Continued

VIU totem project to showcase local heritage

By contributor Molly Barrieau By the New Year, a large patch of land outside VIU’s Shq’apthut: A Gathering Place will have two new towering additions. Cedar logs donated by Timberwest Forest Corp. arrived from the west coast of Vancouver Island in May 2014. Carving began in the summer months. The totem poles, as many students … Continued

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