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

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

Witness Blanket art installation comes to VIU

Above: Artist Carey Newman with the Witness Blanket in front of Government House. Photo via Media One. By News Editor Aislinn Cottell Worn leather ice skates. Three piano keys, stained and grey. A lemon-yellow sign warning of “Soiled Linen”, mounted next to a brass door knob and lock. Two cut braids of dark hair, and … 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

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

VIU professor appointed as Nanaimo Interim City Manager

By contributor Alison Cheung VIU professor Tracy Samra has been appointed as Nanaimo’s Interim City Manager. She is the first woman and Aboriginal person to hold the position; as such, she hopes to bring a fresh new perspective to the role. “I’m hoping to use a collaborative approach to problem solve,” Samra said. “Hierarchy is not how I want … Continued

City of Nanaimo sows seeds for the future

By contributor Tomi Lawson The city of Nanaimo is planning to replace the fallen trees in Colliery Dams Park. According to a City of Nanaimo news release, horticultural crews from the city have gathered pine cones from Douglas fir, Grand fir, and Western Red cedar trees. They have also gathered big leaf maple seeds and … Continued

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