Global Engagement

Experiences in International Policing

Donovan Tait serves as a diplomat and the Canadian Police representative in the Middle East based in Ankara, Turkey. Tait was formerly posted on Vancouver Island as the Unit Commander responsible for transnational serious and organized crime investigations and will be sharing his experiences policing in an international context.

This event is part of VIU’s celebration of Global Citizens Week.

Alaska and British Columbia Cultural Exchange: Perspectives on Relationships with the Land

VIU Visiting Fulbright Scholar Maria Williams brings her UAlaska students to join in a discussion on the relationship of Indigenous peoples to their respective lands in British Columbia and Alaska. Speakers include: Dr. Georgina Martin (Secwepemc), Dr. Laura Cranmer (Kwakwala/Haida), Dr. Maria Williams (Tlingit), Dr. Sharon Lind (Unangax), and Dr. Rosita Worl (Tlingit), and the event will feature drumming and singing.

Indigenous Student Travel Workshop

Indigenous students are invited to join the Education Abroad team and Tsatassaya White, a Snuneymuxw community member with 23 years’ experience at a major airline, as we explore Indigenous perspectives on international student travel in Shq’apthut. Add your voice to the discussion as we work to identify barriers to participation and devise creative solutions. Valuable insights gathered from this interactive workshop will influence the ongoing development of inclusive supports and services for Indigenous Students pursuing study abroad experiences with VIU.

Finding Refuge from Gender-Based Violence: Perspectives on LGBTQI+ Refugee Rights

A presentation by Horst Backé on the persecution and potential resettlement of sexual and gender-diverse people, and what you can do to help as a person and professional. Horst volunteers with ROAR (Reaching Out and Assisting Refugees), a local community organization supporting LGBTQI+ newcomers.

This event is part of VIU’s celebration of Global Citizens Week.

Confronting Climate Change: An International Conference of the Parties Simulation

Join this fun and interactive world climate simulation, a role-playing exercise that uses an interactive computer model to rapidly analyze the results of mock-negotiations among international delegations, climate activists, and the fossil fuel industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 This event is part of VIU’s celebration of Global Citizens Week.

Moosehide Campaign Day

The Moose Hide Campaign is a grassroots Indigenous movement which aims to end violence against women and children. Come together for this virtual event and day of action to commit (or re-commit) a pledge to see an end to violence towards women and children, to remember those who have been lost, and to grow closer through traditional Indigenous ceremony.

Dr. Who’s TARDIS - Telecommunication and Relevant Discussions with International Students

The TARDIS allows you to telecommunicate with international students from many different countries. Join via Zoom and you will be able to ask questions, chat with your fellow global citizens and discover what connects us!

Join via Zoom

Hosted by Faculty of International Education (International Student Services)

This event is part of VIU’s celebration of Global Citizens Week.

Reflections on 25 Years in International Development

Dr. Harriet Stanley has worked in global health and international development for more than 25 years, managed projects in several countries and held executive positions in home offices. Using case studies, personal stories and references to organizational materials and socio-political narratives from within the development community, Dr. Stanley will share about changes and challenges that have emerged over time in relation to practical skills and career paths, as well as challenges to the established discourse.