Global Citizens Week

Global Citizens Week

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February 3 - 7, 2020: Innovation 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 Innovation 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.


 Global Citizens Week 2020 Schedule 

*Location Update: VIU Abroad - Transforming Our World will be held in B255, R170 

Engaged Citizen Speaker Series

Conversations for a One Planet Region:
Engaging citizens in the socio-cultural and ecological challenges of the Anthropocene


Monday, February 3, 2020
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Doors at 6:30 p.m.)
Malaspina Theatre, Nanaimo Campus 

Engaged Citizen Speaker Series Poster

All Nations Reggae Symposium

Join us for performances, a panel discussion and Global Groove at the VIUSU Pub,  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.

Featured Artists:

Caleb Hart grew up in the island nation of Trinidad & Tobago and relocated to Canada in his late teens. After impressive success with his Alberta-based band Tasman Jude, Caleb moved to Vancouver Island where he established himself as a solo artist and became a mainstay of the B.C. reggae scene. He released his second album titled 11 in 2019.


Ameal “Stainless” Hanson was born and raised in Jamaica and by the age of 15 he knew that making music, singing and dancing was the dream he wanted to pursue. Since his recent move to Vancouver, Stainless has been collaborating with local artists and reaching new audiences. His musical style is upbeat, fast-paced, clean and conscious dance-hall  reggae that brings the energy and style of contemporary Jamaica.


Abena Beloved Green uses spoken word to create, engage and elevate. Her poems address cultural, social and environmental issues and offer reflections on everyday life as a small town-raised, semi-nomadic first-generation Canadian. In 2014, Abena released her first full spoken word album and had a poem published in the Global Fund for Women Imagining Equality project. She was the prize winner of the 2016 Nova Writes competition and published her first book of poetry The Way We Hold On in 2018.


Sergio "Cheko" Soto was born in Mexico City where he was immediately immersed in the musical traditions of Mexico. After studying classical guitar in Guadalajara, Cheko began to explore other musical styles and sub-cultures, discovering the trombone and Latin ska music in the barrios of his hometown. In 1999, he united with fellow musicians to form  he reggae band, Skanky Roots, and is now based on Vancouver Island. He embraces reggae music as the vessel in his journey to express a message of love, peace and respect.





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

Nanaimo Global Film Festival 2020


Forced Migration of Honduran Youth and Children
Speaker: Daysi Marquez

Tuesday, January 28th
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
B200, R203

Daysi Marquez is the Coordinator of COPEMH's Women's Network and the author of a study and teaching aid on the conditions that are forcing Honduran schoolchildren to flee North in unprecedented numbers.
Hosted by VIUFA, COPEMH and Codev

Daysi Marquez


Clothing Swap & Shop

Thursday, February 6th
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Main Quad (outside library) 

Help raise awareness about the environmental detriments of fast fashion and encourage a sharing community. Join us for a Clothing Swap & Shop!
Hosted by the VIU Eco Club and VIUFA Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee

Clothing Swap Poster


Thursday, January 30th

Clothing Swap and Shop
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Room 140, Cowichan Theatre

Going back to school can present many challenges, including a lean budget. In response to this challenge, VIU's Cowichan campus would like to host a FREE clothing exchange for students. Donations welcome!

Friday, January 31st

Film: The True Cost
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Room 140, Cowichan Theatre
Hosted by VIUFA Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee and Education

Filmed in countries all over the world, The True Cost is a ground-breaking documentary that pulls back the curtain on the untold story of fast fashion and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Tuesday, February 4th

Traditional Cedar Weaving
3:00 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.
Room 210
Hosted by Cowichan Tribes Members Deb George, Sulsameethl, and Ron George, Tousilum

Join artists Deb and Ron to create a bracelet with cedar bark. Open to students. Sign up at Student Affairs (limited seating).

Thursday, February 6th

Resilience Program - Community Dialogue
12:00 p.m. — 1:00 p.m.
Room 380
Hosted by Hosam Abou Ali

Join us for a community dialogue about how to best serve the needs of refugee children and youth on Vancouver Island. Hosam Abou Ali, a VIU student majoring in Global Studies in Nanaimo, will be here to share about the Resilience program that has recently launched in Nanaimo. Our hope in hosting this dialogue is to look at what is being done and what can be done to assist children and youth to be successful academically and socially as they adapt to life in Canada.

Monday, February 10th

Nyaka - EDJA - Study Abroad
5:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.
Room 140
Everyone welcome by donation
Hosted by Nadine, Heather, Lyric, Orie, & Natasha; Faculty of Education

Join us for film, pizza and dialogue. Three VIU Education students participating in a Spring 2020 practicum at Nyaka for a facilitated dialogue and short film to help bring greater awareness of EDJA, enrich our existing relationship between VIU and Nyaka, and open up possibilities for Study Abroad. The short film is a Nyaka School's initiative "Victors": A Song to the Lions. EDJA Foundation was founded to combat child abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence in rural Uganda. Nyaka's mission is to end the cycle of poverty for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and their grandmothers in rural Uganda.

 Tuesday, February 11th

Italian Lunch for Students – FREE!
11:30 am—1:30 pm
Room 135 (extra seating in Gibby's Café)

Come and enjoy calzones, caesar salad and Italian soda. Buon Appetito!


Call for GCW Volunteers

Global Citizens Week, an event where we celebrate Global Citizenship at VIU, is just around the corner (February 3-7). Volunteers are a critical part of the week’s success and we are hoping that you will help us make 2020 our best GCW yet!

There are many time slots where we are looking for volunteers to do everything from room set-up and clean-up to greeting participants to handing out and collecting evaluation forms and just participating in an event. 

Please look at the schedule below and let us know when you can commit to volunteer. All volunteers who successfully complete their shifts will receive a certificate confirming their participation in GCW 2020.

Please contact for more information.    

*The roles of the Event Assistants will include:

  1. Greeting incoming participants.
  2. Assisting presenter as needed.
  3. Hand out and collect evaluations.
  4. Count number of participants.
Friday, Jan 31st
# VolunteersActivity

Event Name, Location

4Event Set-UpKick-Off: Global VIU Showcase
Upper Cafeteria
Monday, Feb 3rd
# VolunteersActivityEvent Name, LocationTime
2Event AssistantsKick-Off: Global VIU Showcase
Upper Cafeteria
2Event AssistantsDr. Who's T.A.R.D.I.S. (Telecommunication and Relevent Discussions with International Students)
Upper Cafeteria 
11:00am - 1:30pm
2Event Clean-UpKick-Off: Global VIU Showcase
Upper Cafeteria
2Event AssistantsFilm: The True Cost
Malaspina Theatre
2Event AssistantEngaged Citizens Speaker Series: Conversations for a One Planet Region
Malaspina Theatre
Tuesday, Feb 4th 
# VolunteersActivityEvent Name, LocationTime
1Event AssistantHow to Best Lead and Serve a Newcomer Workforce in the Hospitality Industry
B255, R140
2Event AssistantsFilm: How a People Live
Malaspina Theatre
1Event AssistantLunch and Learn: Global Engagement – International Work Opportunity Grant “Stories from the Field”
B305, R440
1Event AssistantFood Culture: Home and Away
B210, R275
1Event AssistantWorld Café: Exploring Attitudes to Homelessness
B355, R211
1Event AssistantCulture Couch: Jamaica
The Birthplace of Reggae
B255, Student Commons (1st Floor)
Wednesday, Feb 5th  
# VolunteersActivityEvent Name, LocationTime
4Event AssistantsEverybody's In! Indoor Field Day
Post-Event Take-Down
Upper Cafeteria
1Event AssistantSustainable Watershed Management: The Opportunity of Indigenous Co-Governance
B210, R250
1Event AssistantVIU Abroad: Transforming Our World
B210, R205
2Event AssistantsAll Nations Acoustic Showcase Featuring Caleb Hart and Abena Green
B210, Atrium/Main Foyer
Thursday, Feb 6th
# VolunteersActivityEvent Name, LocationTime
2Event AssistantsTourism, Truth and Reconciliation
B200, R203
4Event AssistantsAccelerating the SDGs: Building VIU’s Road Map to 2030
B108, R105 [closed event]
1Event AssistantAll Nations Reggae Panel Featuring Caleb Hart, Abena Green and Cheko Soto
B356, R109
1Event AssistantEl Reggae En Espanol
B355, R103
1Event AssistantWorldbridger Film Series: 2040
B356, R109
Friday, Feb 7th
# VolunteersActivityEvent Name, LocationTime
2Event AssistantsGraphic Refugees: the Trauma of the Displaced Self
Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series
Malaspina Theatre
2Event AssistantsFilm: Sadika’s Garden
Malaspina Theatre

For more information, please contact us:

Global Engagement
Faculty of International Education
Building 255

Darrell Harvey
Coordinator, International Projects & Internationalization









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