Global Citizens Week

Global Citizens Week

February 8 - 12, 2021: Equity 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 Equity in Action.

Join us as we explore ideas and initiatives that aim to challenge inequity - from systemic racism and unconscious bias, to inequity in health, human rights, climate impacts, media, migration and more -- as we showcase the work of students, staff and faculty who are making positive change in their communities and around the globe.

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All Week Long!

All Nations Reggae Virtual Stage  All Nations Reggae Symposium Logo

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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)

VIU Queen Elizabeth Scholar Spotlight

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Join us as we shine a light on VIU students who are conducting innovative research on pressing issues facing coastal communities in Canada and around the world, through the Building Resilience in Coastal Communities Knowledge Network and Queen Elizabeth Scholarship program. We have the delight of introducing three students currently completing their masters research at VIU, focusing on finding ways to improve capacity to foster sustainable practices in the tourism industry.
Watch on Facebook @VIUAbroad: https://www.facebook.com/viuabroad
Hosted by Faculty of International Education (Education Abroad)

 

 

Monday, February 8

Film: The Condor and the Eagle

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Follow four indigenous environmentalist leaders from across the Americas as they engage in critical actions to preserve their lands from environmental devastation due to resource extraction. Addressing the themes of indigenous sovereignty, climate change and women's leadership, this award-winning documentary highlights the ongoing collective climate awakening and the imperative of urgent change.
Trailer: https://thecondorandtheeagle.com/
Join via Zoom
Hosted by VIU Eco Club and Sustainability Advisory Committee

Global Citizens Week Kick-Off and   All Nations Reggae Symposium Logo
All Nations Reggae Virtual Stage

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Kick-Off Global Citizens Week and enjoy 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

Inequalities in COVID-19 Impacts: At Home and Abroad

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Apart from the direct health impacts of contracting COVID-19, the pandemic has affected people's health in many unforeseen ways. This panel discussion will consider the unequal health impacts of COVID-19 both domestically and globally. Join us to hear reflections from health practitioners from Canada and Mexico as they discuss impacts on the populations with which they work.
Join via Zoom Webinar
Hosted by Faculty of Health and Human Services (Nursing)

Tuesday, February 9

Let's Talk: How VIU Educates Students to be Better Global Citizens

9:00 a.m.
Join WorldVIU's Instagram Live to learn how VIU educates students to be better global citizens. Follow @WorldVIU today and watch for the live event notification. https://instagram.com/worldviu

Portfolio Spotlight: Writing/Righting Culture

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Join Portal magazine for an online Portfolio Reading moderated by Patrick Wilson (Wet'suwet'en) and featuring three VIU writers who have crafted works that speak to their unique cultures: Kesu Beaton (2S Tla'amin, Lilwat, and Namgis), Danielle Minnis (Bahamian), and Gabriel Villasmil (Venezuelan). Each writer will perform a seven-minute excerpt of a larger work followed by facilitated discussion on the notion of sharing and correcting stereotypes and inequities to do with culture through prose, poetry, and script.
Join via Zoom
Hosted by Creative Writing and Journalism (CREW)

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

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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.
Registration via Eventbrite
Hosted by Office of Aboriginal Education and Engagement

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

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
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.
Join via Zoom
Hosted by Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity Office

All Nations Reggae Virtual Stage  All Nations Reggae Symposium Logo

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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)

All Nations Reggae Panel   All Nations Reggae Symposium Logo

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
VIU's Intercultural Program Coordinator and host of Rebel Music International on CHLY 101.7 FM hosts 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
Hosted by Sociology and Faculty of International Education (Cultural Connections)

UPEI Public Reading: Jay Ruzesky

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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.
Join via Facebook Live
Hosted by Creative Writing and Journalism (CREW)

Culture Kitchen: Reggae Edition   

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Host "VIU Simon" and guest Hideki Shibata of Salt Spring Vital Kitchen present this special edition of the popular weekly online cooking show. Reggae culture, more specifically Rastafarianism, has a dietary code and philosophy when it comes to food and cooking. Learn about it from a foodie with deep roots in Japan's reggae scene.
Join via Facebook Live at VIU Cultural Connections
Hosted by Faculty of International Education (Cultural Connections)

Wednesday, February 10

VIU Gustafson Distinguished Poet   All Nations Reggae Symposium Logo
Reading: Lillian Allen

10:00 a.m.
Join Lillian Allen, the "godmother of dub" and VIU's 2020-21 Gustafson Distinguished Poet, for a special student-oriented reading and Q & A.
Register via Zoom. More information can be found here.
Hosted by Department of English

Indigenous Climate Action: From Community to Classroom

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
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.
Join via Zoom
Hosted by VIU Sustainability Advisory Committee, Community Planning and Geography

The European Union and a Crisis of its Own Making

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
In 2020, UNHCR reported that 1,116 people died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa and Turkey to Europe (not including those lost at sea). The Migration Crisis on Europe's southern border is only one aspect of a politics of migration that is a fundamental characteristic of the European Union (EU) and its right of the free movement of peoples. Join guest speaker Paul Williams to learn about effects of the Migration Crisis on the cohesion of the EU and its potential avenues of response - from restructuring to engaging in new avenues of transnational democracy.
Join via Zoom
Hosted by Global Studies and VIU WUSC

All Nations Reggae Virtual Stage   All Nations Reggae Symposium Logo 

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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)

Barriers to Refugee Resettlement: How Housing Affects Canadian Refugees

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
VIU WUSC's (World University Service of Canada) Chair, Emily Dreger, shares 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.
Join via Zoom
Hosted by VIU WUSC and Community Planning

Understanding Implicit Bias

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Implicit bias "creates conflict, siphons off people's talent and energies, and leads to the underutilization of human potential" (Bucher, 2015). Engage in a discussion on the mini documentary "But I Was Wearing a Suit" and learn about the impact of biases on society as a whole. Join the conversation and contribute to the solution.
Limited capacity. Register here.
Hosted by VIUFA Human Rights, International Solidarity Committee and Hospitality Management

Dr. Who's T.A.R.D.I.S. - Telecommunication and Relevant Discussions with International Students

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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 (English Language Centre and International Student Services)

VIU Sustainability Book Club
Building a Resilient Tomorrow

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
What can communities do to be more resilient against climate change? The VIU Sustainability Book Club will explore this topic along with international examples of climate change resiliency and actionable recommendations for North American communities through engaged discussion on the novel Building a Resilient Tomorrow, by Alice Hill and Leonardo Martinez-Diaz.
Contact Courtney.Vaugeois@viu.ca or join the VIU Sustainability Book Club Facebook group for information on how to join.
Hosted by VIU Sustainability Advisory Committee

Addressing Racism in the BC Health-care Industry
Engaged Citizens Speaker Series

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Join Dawn Thomas Aa ap waa iik, Associate Deputy Minister for Indigenous Health with the BC Ministry of Health, who will be presenting An Island Response to In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Health Care. Following this presentation, there will be a discussion, with special guests, on moving forward with positive changes.
Register via Zoom Webinar.

Thursday, February 11

Moosehide Campaign Day

8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
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.
More information can be found here.
Register today!
Hosted by VIU Thrive and Office of Co-Curricular Engagement and Learning (OCCEL)

How I Did It

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Each month, CNIB's Come to Work department invite blind or partially sighted guest speakers to discuss their vision loss and how it related to their employment and career journey. This series helps job-seeking attendees learn additional tools on how to overcome and serve as an example for their own career journey. This month's speaker, Shiela Grieve, talks all about her sight loss from a job retention point of view. Join us!
Join via Zoom

Embracing the Circle of Health: A Tool for Equity

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The "Circle of Health" was first created in 1996, as a transformative holistic model for population health promotion and grassroots community development initiatives, in Canada; it is now used internationally. This session will provide participants with an introduction to "The Circle of Health" with Patsy Beattie-Huggan, with discussion to follow in how this framework can guide meaningful dialogue and partnerships with structurally marginalized population groups.
Join via Zoom
Hosted by Faculty of Health and Human Services

All Nations Reggae Virtual Stage   All Nations Reggae Symposium Logo

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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)

Is This Park Too Busy? Multicultural Perspectives on Perceived Crowding in Parks and Protected Areas

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
British Columbia's outstanding natural and cultural heritage offer a unique opportunity to residents as well as domestic and international visitors to engage in outdoor and backcountry recreation. The unleashed increase of overnight visits and day-use activities, however, jeopardize the quality of visitors' experience, as well as the ecological and cultural integrity of the parks. This presentation showcases the application of different psychological carrying capacity analysis techniques in multicultural contexts.
Join via Zoom
Hosted by Recreation and Tourism Management

VIU Gustafson Distinguished Poet   All Nations Reggae Symposium Logo
Lecture: Lillian Allen

5:00 p.m.
Canadian poet Lillian Allen, the "godmother of dub," has been chosen as VIU's 2020-21 Gustafson Distinguished Poet. Hear from this two-time JUNO Award winner and trailblazer in the field of spoken word and dub poetry as she artistically explores the aesthetics of old and new sounds in music to create her distinctive leading-edge brand of Canadian reggae and powerful reggae dub poetry/spoken word recordings.
Register via Zoom. More information can be found here.
Hosted by Department of English

Friday, February 12

Winter GoByBike Day

February 12th is the International Winter Bike to Work Day and the GoByBike BC Society is encouraging British Columbians to join in by registering and committing to riding their bike as much as possible. Ride your bike to work, to school, for fun, for exercise, to stretch your legs between Zoom meetings, to relieve stress, to clear your mind, to reduce your carbon footprint ... no matter the reason, just ride your bike on February 12!
Register here.

Anti-Discrimination First Aid

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Skills for responding to situations that involve racism and other forms of discrimination are similar to First Aid skills for responding to any sort of emergency. Join this Inclusive Leadership workshop to learn how you can respond effectively to incidents of discrimination.
Join via Zoom
Hosted by Faculty of International Education (International Student Services) and Faculty of Education

The Rooms Where It Happened: Practicing Public History at Victoria's House Museum
Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Completed in 1862, Point Ellice House is now a Provincial and National Historic site, a place where visitors are encouraged to draw connections between the everyday life of a privileged Victoria family and the work of settler colonialism. Dr. Kelly Black, Executive Director at Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens and Adjunct Professor in the Department of History, will explain how Point Ellice House is working to update and overhaul its narratives and displays to bring attention to the relationships that sustain(ed) dispossession, people, power, and privilege.
Join via Zoom
Hosted by Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Reflections on 25 Years in International Development

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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.
Join via Zoom
Hosted by Global Studies

All Nations Reggae Virtual Stage   All Nations Reggae Symposium Logo

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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)

Dr. Who's T.A.R.D.I.S. - Telecommunication and Relevant Discussions with International Students

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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 and Centre for Intercultural Studies)

All Nations Reggae Symposium Logo

 

Join us for lunch-time performances, guest speakers, a panel discussion and a special edition of Culture Kitchen, all exploring the different ways in which reggae has become a worldwide movement of cultural resurgence and resistance. 

Artist Bios 

 

Lillian Allen

Lillian Allen is a Jamaican-born Canadian dub poet, reggae musician, writer and Ontario university professor. She is internationally recognized as a godmother of dub lyricism, rap, and spoken word poetry. A pioneering exponent of the highly politicized form of dub poetry created in Jamaica by Oku, popularized in Britain by Linton Kwesi Johnson and Benjamin Zephaniah. Allen embedded feminist voice in the literary dub art form. Founder of the visionary Toronto International Dub Poetry Festival and a variety of cultural organizations such as youth empowering Fresh Arts, Allen has spent over three decades writing, publishing, and performing her work to appreciative audiences around the globe. 

 

Culture Brown

Culture Brown is a Jamaican reggae musician with strong ties to Canada. His vocal style has been described as something between Shabba Ranks and Buju Banton. He is known for high-energy performances, conscious lyrics as well as community work in many countries. In 2017 he was recognized in the Netherlands as “Reggae Ambassador for Working with People with Disabilities.”  He also maintains a close connection with Latin America through tours, collaborations and writing and performing several songs in Spanish.

 

 

Shauit

Shauit is originally from Maliotenam in northeastern Quebec. Known as the “Innu Reggaeman,”he merges traditional Innu music with reggae and folk. He sings mostly in his native language but also in French. His songs are honest and committed, filled with emotion and personal experiences. Shauit first performed on Vancouver Island at Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival in 2017 and again at the inaugural VIU All Nations Reggae Symposium in 2018.

 

 

 

Auresia

Auresia is a Montreal-based reggae musician of Ukrainian roots. Her influences are as diverse as the world’s music lovers. She effortlessly blends unique pop sensibilities with the soul of reggae and salsa, always keeping herself free to innovate and inspire. Her recently released album pays homage to her own cultural roots as the entire album is comprised of songs in Ukrainian and features collaborations with Ukrainian musicians who added traditional instrumentation to Auresia’s reggae style.

 

 

 

Oh Jeong Seok

Oh Jeong Seok is a South Korean reggae and ska musician, producer and DJ. He was a member of Kingston Rudieska from 2004 to 2019 and NST & The Soul Sauce meets Kim Yulhee from 2015 to 2018. He toured extensively with these bands over the years and is known internationally as an ambassador to South Korea’s ska and reggae scene. He is currently focusing on production and distribution work with Eastern Standard Sounds, an independent music label based in Seoul. Oh Jeong and Kingston Rudieska performed on Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival mainstage in 2019.

 

Schedule of Events

All Week Long

All Nations Reggae Virtual Stage

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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.
Check it out on Facebook Live at VIU Cultural Connections
Hosted by Faculty of International Education (Cultural Connections)

Tuesday, February 9

All Nations Reggae Panel

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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.
Check it out on Facebook Live at VIU Cultural Connections
Hosted by Sociology and Faculty of International Education (Cultural Connections)

Culture Kitchen: Reggae Edition

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Join host "VIU Simon" and guest Hideki Shibata of Salt Spring Vital Kitchen for this special edition of the popular weekly online cooking show. Reggae culture, more specifically Rastafarianism, has a dietary code and philosophy when it comes to food and cooking. Learn about it from a foodie with deep roots in Japan's reggae scene.
Check it out on Facebook Live at VIU Cultural Connections
Hosted by Faculty of International Education (Cultural Connections)

Wednesday, February 10

VIU Gustafson Distinguished Poet
Reading: Lillian Allen

10:00 a.m.
Join Lillian Allen, the "godmother of dub" and VIU's 2020-21 Gustafson Distinguished Poet, for a special student-oriented reading and Q & A.
Register via Zoom. More information can be found here.
Hosted by Department of English

Thursday, February 11

VIU Gustafson Distinguished Poet
Lecture: Lillian Allen

5:00 p.m.
Canadian poet Lillian Allen, the "godmother of dub," has been chosen as VIU's 2020-21 Gustafson Distinguished Poet. Hear from this two-time JUNO Award winner and trailblazer in the field of spoken word and dub poetry as she artistically explores the aesthetics of old and new sounds in music to create her distinctive leading-edge brand of Canadian reggae and powerful reggae dub poetry/spoken word recordings.
Register via Zoom. More information can be found here.
Hosted by Department of English

 All Nations Reggae Symposium Poster

 

 

 

For more information, please contact us:

Global Engagement
Faculty of International Education
Building 255

Darrell Harvey
Manager, Global Engagement
Darrell.Harvey@viu.ca

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