Global Engagement

Barriers to Refugee Resettlement: How Housing Affects Canadian Refugees

Join VIU’s WUSC (World University Service of Canada) Chair, Emily Dreger, for a presentation on the process of refugee resettlement in Canada. Topics will include refugee classification, the challenges of finding suitable housing, and how poor housing situations lead to diminished resettlement experiences.

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Hosted by VIU WUSC and Community Planning

Indigenous Climate Action: From Community to Classroom

Join VIU Chancellor Dr. Judith Sayers as she discusses ways in which the climate crisis is affecting Indigenous communities. Explore how the Hupacasath and the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations are implementing sustainable practices, and consider how VIU can engage its students and community in climate action.

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Hosted by VIU Sustainability Advisory Committee, Community Planning and Geography

UPEI Public Reading: Jay Ruzesky

Join UPEI's Writer-in-Residence Jay Ruzesky for a public reading from his new creative non-fiction manuscript, After Antarctica: A Northern Amundsen Pilgrimage, followed by a talk on writing and editing. Jay is a novelist, poet, travel and memoir writer, photographer and professor of creative writing, Canadian literature and film studies at Vancouver Island University.

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Hosted by Creative Writing and Journalism (CREW)

All Nations Reggae Panel

Join VIU’s Intercultural Program Coordinator and host of Rebel Music International on CHLY 101.7 FM for a moderated panel discussion with a diverse panel of professional reggae musicians. The discussion will explore each artist’s personal story in finding their voice through reggae as well as how and why they feel reggae has grown from its Jamaican origin to become a worldwide movement for cultural resurgence and resistance.

Join via Facebook Live at VIU Cultural Connections

All Nations Reggae Symposium (Virtual Stage)

Join “VIU Simon” and student hosts for a daily update on the week’s activities as well as live musical performances from participants of the All Nations Reggae Symposium.

Join via Facebook Live at VIU Cultural Connections

Hosted by Faculty of International Education (Cultural Connections)

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

Lunch and Learn: Impact of COVID-19 on Social Service Delivery in the Nanaimo Region

COVID-19 has severely affected local social service delivery. While service organizations should be commended for their prompt and innovative responses to initial shutdowns and the required shift to virtual service delivery and/or development of new safety measures for face to face contact, the service users most on the margins have likely struggled with access. Join Jeanette Schmidt and Holly Bradley as they review their preliminary with local service providers, reflecting on the impact of COVID-19 on service delivery.

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Soup and Bannock: How Faculty Engagement in Inclusivity Leads to Student Success

For a campus to develop a truly inclusive culture, faculty must take a leadership role in that effort. Join VIU’s Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Foundation Visiting Scholar Dr. Maria Williams to learn about a model being implemented by the University of Alaska (Anchorage) that is making a positive difference in the area of equity and inclusion by including Alaska Native themed courses as a requirement of all full time students.

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