February 4 - 8, 2019: Sustainability in Action
Vancouver Island University marks Global Citizens Week each year with campus events, visiting speakers, and classroom dialogues that explore issues of global development at home and abroad.
This year VIU is exploring the theme of Sustainability in Action.
Join us as we delve into topics of global health, climate change, human rights, political engagement, migration, science and technology, social justice, media and more, as we showcase the work of students, staff and faculty who are making positive change in their communities and around the globe.
#VIUGlobalCitizen #WorldVIU #GCW2019
Check out activities from last year below!
Monday, February 19, 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
"Japanese Problem" is a moving and powerful site-specific performance created by Vancouver based theatre group, Universal Limited. Their work highlights the forced removal, dispossession, internment and incarceration of Japanese Canadians at Hastings Park in Vancouver during WWII. Each performance will include talk back/debrief sessions with the performers. A few seats are still available for the 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. performances on Monday the 19th and the 2:30 p.m. performance on Tuesday the 20th. Please contact Dr. Imogene Lim (Imogene.Lim@viu.ca) or Gillian Anderson (Gillian.Anderson@viu.ca) to reserve a seat and/or if you require additional details.
Hosted by Faculty of Social Sciences
Exploring Reconciliation With Chief Robert Chamberlin
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Chief Robert Chamberlin, vice-president of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and a member and co-founder of the First Nations Wild Salmon Alliance, will discuss: Wild Salmon: First Nation & Crown Reconciliation Challenges.
Hosted by VIU's Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation
Bending the Arc
Documentary & Keynote
Featuring Mark Brender, National Director, Partners in Health Canada
Monday, February 5
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Malaspina Theatre, Nanaimo Campus
Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, activist Ophelia Dahl, Todd McCormack, and investor Thomas White began a movement in the 1980s that changed global health forever. Bending the Arc is a documentary film that tells their story. Check out the Nanaimo debut screening and join Mark Brender, National Director for Parnters in Health Canada for post-film discussion.
Mark Brender is National Director of Partners In Health Canada, a Toronto-based global health NGO relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. Mark opened the PIH Canada office in 2011 and previously held leadership positions with national and international charitable organizations.
Hosted by Faculties of Health and Human Services and International Education
All Nations Reggae Symposium
Join us for workshops, performances, and a panel discussion, all exploring the different ways in which Reggae music acts as a global soundtrack of hope and resistance. See the GCW schedule for specific event details.
Mikey Dangerous was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. As a young adult he moved to Montreal where he established himself as a major force on the Canadian reggae scene, winning the JUNO Award for Reggae Recording of the Year in 2008 and earning a nomination in 2015. Mikey’s style is a tasteful blend of traditional and modern reggae with hints of dancehall.
Shauit is originally from the Innue community of Maliotenam in Northern Quebec and is currently based in Montreal. He is a reggae singer-songwriter and composer. He sings primarily in the Innu language but also in French and English. His songs are honest, socially conscious and cultural.
Tank Gyal is Vancouver's premiere reggae/dancehall DJ and a cultural fixture in the BC reggae community. She is the founder and resident DJ of Ting, a weekly DJ night in the city for more than 10 years. Her passion and skill has garnered her gigs in Jamaica, Mexico and Switzerland and shared the stage with top Jamaican acts such as The Wailers, Richie Spice and Chronixx.
Ganjo Bassman is a reggae-rock singer-songwriter and producer from Zapopan, Mexico. His lyrical content spans from feel-good party songs to more profound themes of social awareness and empowerment. He has toured Mexico with major international reggae acts such as Ky-Mani Marley, Seeed, Matisyahu and Alborosie.
Dane Roberts is the artistic director of the Victoria, BC Ska & Reggae Society, where he has produced 18 successful multi-day ska and reggae festivals since 1999. The motto of the society is “Entertain, Educate, Unite.” Dane has made this his mission and on this foundation has built and nourished a vibrant and diverse community of people from the local region and around the world.
Buckman Coe is a Vancouver-based reggae, soul and roots musician. Through music, he seeks to uplift while forwarding messages of togetherness and social justice. He is a dynamic musician whose style can suit a theatre show or pack a dance floor. Together with his band, he has toured Canada, Hawaii, Australia, Taiwan and Indonesia.
Indigenous Roots & Reggae: A workshop with Innu musician Shauit
Wedneday, February 7th
2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.
Hosted by 'Su' luqw 'a' Community Cousins & International Education
Innu musician Shauit shares his story of connecting Innu language and culture with reggae.
Shauit is originally from the Innu community of Maliotenam in Northern Quebec and is currently based in Montreal. He is a reggae singer-songwriter and composer. He sings primarily in Innu language but also French and English. His songs are honest, socially conscious and an expression of his Innu heritage.
VIU Model United Nations
In this authentic simulation, you will enter the world of diplomacy and negotiation and step into the shoes of ambassadors of UN member states, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, to debate and work on resolutions to current issues facing the organization’s real-life counterpart. Register in advance at https://www.viumun.org.
Hosted by Global Studies and Political Studies.
Friday, February 9
Saturday, February 10
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
|Rules Briefing and Opening Ceremonies
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Nanaimo Global Film Festival (NGFF)
Films About Global Citizens
VIU is proud to partner with the Nanaimo Global Film Festival to present stories about people around the world who are re-inventing their world and their future. The films are a celebration of activism. All over the world, and right here on Vancouver Island and BC, hope shines through in action taken by ordinary people who are finding a way to a sustainable world by daring to confront global forces with the strength of their own vision. The Nanaimo Global Film Festival Group is a central Vancouver Island coalition of peace and social justice groups interested in screening films about the world situation and the Canadian context.
Complete film schedule and ticket info can be found at http://www.ngff.ca/