Global Citizens Week

Global Citizens Week

February 7-11, 2022

Through campus and community events, visiting speakers, and virtual classroom dialogues, Global Citizens Week celebrates the many changemakers at VIU and beyond who are taking action on issues of global development at home and abroad. This year's theme is exploring issues of justice. From climate change, human rights, and equity to international trade, peace and security, global health, music, and the arts, join us as we broaden our collective horizons and learn from each other. #VIUGLOBALCITIZEN 

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 Shining a Light on Justice

This is such a terrific and unique event that truly makes VIU stand out. I've received very positive feedback from all three of my classes about the events, and I look forward to getting involved next year. – Jocelyne Praud, Professor, Political Studies

All Week Long 

Around the World with Arts and Humanities

Visit interactive stations that share perspectives on how Arts & Humanities programs support and inspire students in becoming global citizens. Drop in to the Malaspina Theatre Lobby (B310) to browse the displays, try out the activities, enter contests, and win prizes! Booth hosts will be available Monday February 7 from 12 p.m. -3 p.m., Wednesday February 9 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., and Friday February 11 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 

Truth Booth: What's the T on how the Arts Create a Just World?

Our Truth Booth gives everyone a chance to speak up and speak out! Visit this speaker’s corner mural designed and hosted by the students of EDUC 201 to give your answer to our prompt. Guests to this booth in the Malaspina Theatre Lobby (B310) tell us their T on the power of the arts to influence justice. Video snippets will be posted to the Arts and Humanities and Malaspina Theatre Facebook pages. Booth hosts will be available Monday February 7 from 12 p.m. -3 p.m., Wednesday February 9 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., and Friday February 11 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 

Ed Abroad Scavenger Hunt

Participate in this self-paced scavenger hunt around the Nanaimo campus to explore our beautiful surroundings while learning about overseas learning opportunities for VIU students. Visit the Ed Abroad Scavenger Hunt pathway on the Co-Curricular Involvement App to begin, and happy hunting!

QE Scholars on Justice Abroad: @viueducationabroad

VIU Education Abroad will share daily Insta-views with Queen Elizabeth Scholars framing ‘justice’ within the scope of their international internships.

Cross-Disciplinary Student Collaboration: Podcasting about Criminology

Originally broadcast as a radio program on CHLY 101.7 FM, listen now to a compilation of podcasts that were created as a cross-disciplinary assignment between Criminology students taught by Dr. Lauren Mayes and Media Studies students taught by Professor Robin Davies. Discussing diverse topics from the over-incarceration of Indigenous Peoples to the stigma surrounding drug users, these short podcasts are interspersed with reflections and feedback from the students who created them. 

Monday, February 7

Confronting Climate Change: An International Conference of the Parties Simulation

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
B300/R401 (Royal Arbutus Room)

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.

Hosted by Global Studies

Global Citizens Week Kickoff

12:15 p.m.
Outside B300 (Upper Cafeteria)

Join us in starting the week off in a good way. Featuring music, free coffee courtesy of VIU-WUSC, and treats! 

Hosted by International Education

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

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
B310 (Malaspina Theatre)

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. Proof of vaccination required.

Hosted by Nursing and Political Studies

Roundtable: Women's Leadership in the Pursuit of Peace & Security

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This virtual event will feature experts working around the world to uplift and advance women’s voices, leadership and priorities in moments of instability, conflict, extremism, and crisis. Participants will be exposed to cutting-edge community-based work being carried out in the area of peace, security and women’s leadership, actively participate in the discussion, and leave inspired to dive deeper into this compelling subject matter. Pre-registration is required at this link.

Hosted by British Columbia Council for International Cooperation

Indigenous Student Travel Workshop

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
B170 (Shq'apthut)

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.

Hosted by International Education (Education Abroad) and Office of Indigenous Education and Engagement

Global North-Global South Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism Development

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
B250/R110 and Zoom

Fourth-year students host a discussion on how responsible tourism development can be achieved via international partnerships between the Global North and the Global South. 

Hosted by Management

Tuesday, February 8

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

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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.

Hosted by Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies

The Impacts of Irresponsible Tourism on Place

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
B210/R250 and Zoom

The notion of 'place' is essential when we consider the impacts of tourism on not just a destination, but the residents who call it home. This lecture will discuss the issues of irresponsible tourism and the call for responsibility of place.

Hosted by Management

Experiences in International Policing

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

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.

Hosted by Criminology

Dr. Who's T.A.R.D.I.S.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
B300 (Upper Cafeteria) and Zoom

The TARDIS will allow anybody to telecommunicate with international students from many different countries. Just step inside (or join via Zoom) during the posted times and you will be able to ask questions, chat with your fellow global citizens and discover what connects us!

Hosted by International Education and Anthropology

Forced to Flee: Understanding Refugee Experiences

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
B255/R170 A&B

Join VIU WUSC (World University Service of Canada) for a simulation that takes participants on a journey through the difficult decisions that refugees encounter in the face of conflict and forced migration.

Hosted by VIU WUSC (World University Service of Canada)

Justice in the City: Alternatives to CPTED

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
B210/R275 and Zoom

What are the unintentional consequences of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED)? How do we create places that are safe but inclusive for people? This student-led panel discussion will pair planning and criminology perspectives to examine just alternatives.

Hosted by Masters of Community Planning and Criminology

Making Space: Murals as a Tool for Social Justice

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
B356/R109 and Zoom

How can public or community art tackle social issues? Humanity in Art, queer public art advocates who have been rehabilitating blank walls of Central Vancouver Island since 2013, will share how to incorporate messages of social and environmental justice and create inclusive public spaces.

Hosted by Education

Culture Couch: Jamaica Edition  All Nations Reggae Symposium Logo

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
B255, Student Commons (1st floor)

From its Patois language and food to its culture and music, this event will showcase the birthplace of reggae music – Jamaica! Culture Couch is a weekly drop-in event meant as casual space for students to share culture, meet new friends, and sample foods from around the world.

Hosted by International Education (Intercultural Programs)

Engaged Citizens Speaker Series: Re-imagining a New Way Forward with Intention, featuring Sheila Watt-Cloutier

6:30 p.m. 

Sheila Watt-Cloutier Siila, one of the most influential Indigenous environmental, cultural and human rights advocates in the world, is VIU’s sixth keynote speaker in the Engaged Citizens Speaker Series. This free, virtual talk, etitled: “Re-imagining a New Way Forward with Intention” will expand upon her own experiences and personal stories to put a cultural face and human voice on climate change and talk about meaningful actions. The presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session. Pre-registration is required at this link.

Hosted by Engaged Citizens Speaker Series

Wednesday, February 9

Book Launch: The Politics of the Asia Pacific

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Zoom (pre-registration required)

The Asia-Pacific region is characterized not only by unprecedented economic growth, but also as a bastion of authoritarianism where cooperation between states is increasingly difficult. Deep political tensions persist in the region, and many questions remain surrounding the uncertainty of the Asia-Pacific’s geopolitical future. Join Dr. Mark S. Williams, Chair of Political Studies and Professor of Global Studies at VIU, as he discusses his new book with the University of Toronto Press. Pre-registration is required at this link.

Hosted by Political Studies and Canadian International Council

Anti-Racism Response Training (A.R.T) – Week 2 of 4

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Online via InVIU

The Anti-Racism Response Training Program, developed by Dr. Ishu Ishiyama - recently adapted and enhanced, including virtual adaptation, by the facilitators - uses a witness-centered approach to disrupting racism. This training is designed to encourage participants to shift from being frozen or silent bystanders to becoming active witnesses. In doing so, we can disrupt racism and build a safer and more inclusive community. This 4-week training takes place every Wednesday in February. This week’s topic is Definitions, Language and Microaggressions. Pre-registration required through InVIU for employees. Students who wish to register should email

Hosted by the Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Office

Theatre of the Oppressed

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
B310 (Malaspina Theatre)

Newcomers to Nanaimo explore themes of belonging in a short Forum Theatre play. Audience participation is central to this revolutionary style of theatre from Brazil, so step into the action and inspire change! Theatre and Anthropology classes join together for a guest lecture, with proof of vaccination required from community members. Participants will be socially distanced in seats throughout the theatre.

Hosted by Theatre and Anthropology

Planes, Drones and Snowmobiles: Measuring Snowpack in Coastal British Columbia in the 21st Century

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

On Vancouver Island, snow is often viewed as something that happens in the mountains and rarely affects our day-to-day lives. This presentation by Dr. Bill Floyd, Research Hydrologist with the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resource Operations, will provide an overview of the current snow measurement network and technology used in BC, the importance of snow to people and the economy, and how we can use this data to adapt to climate change. This event is part of the VIU Science & Tech Community Lecture Series.

Hosted by Science & Technology

Thursday, February 10

The Anti-Racist Classroom

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Racism exists in all our classrooms, within individuals, and within the education system in which our classrooms live.  This workshop is a calling-in to white and BIPOC educators who are ready to consider what an anti-racist classroom might look like. Some questions we will explore are: How is racism at work in my classroom? What are my responsibilities in this work? What do I need to learn and unlearn? How can anti-racism be enacted in my classroom? Connect with supportive colleagues to reflect on and explore the uncomfortable truths of racism, together. Pre-registration is required at this link.

Hosted by International Education, CIEL, Faculty of Management

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Reggae and Technology: From Dub to Dancehall

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Richard Brown, veteran reggae drummer and producer, will speak about the role technology has played in the development of reggae music and its subgenres. Richard brings both personal experience in being active in live and recorded reggae since the 1980s, as well as observations as a fan of some of the genre’s technical pioneers.

Hosted by Media Studies and International Education (Intercultural Programs)

Solidarity with Afghan School Girls: Defending the Right to Education During and After the Crisis in Afghanistan

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Zoom (pre-registration required at this link)

Join this webinar to learn about the realities facing adolescent girls in the context of the current humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. It will cover the importance of education in emergencies and why access to quality, gender-equitable education is more important now than ever before. You’ll hear directly from grassroots leaders in Afghanistan responding to girls’ education needs, and the actions Canadian youth have taken in solidarity with adolescent girls in Afghanistan. Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan will also share advocacy tools and practical ideas for activists and allies to take up in their communities and networks.

Hosted by British Colombia Council for International Cooperation

Canada and the "Third World"

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
B210/R110 and Zoom

A history of Canadian involvement in international development since the Second World War, presented by VIU history professor, Dr. Katharine Rollwagen.

Hosted by History

All Nations Reggae Symposium   All Nations Reggae Symposium Logo

Live Music: Jônelle 

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Outside B300 (Upper Cafeteria)

Jônelle performs a few songs as a preview to the larger outdoor Bob Marley “One Love” Celebration later in the evening with fellow reggae artists Caleb Hart, The Spiritual Warriors, and RebeLstoke.

Hosted by International Education (Intercultural Programs)

Film: The Story of Roma People

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This film explores the role the European Union has played in stigmatizing Roma people. Today in both East and West, extreme-right wing parties - but not solely these parties - are using the Roma as a tool to rise to power. What weight does the EU carry in relation to the Nation states? And more importantly, what are its values?

Hosted by Political Studies

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Panel Discussion

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
B356/R109 and Zoom

A diverse panel of reggae artists will discuss their personal connection to reggae, the genre’s spread and appeal worldwide, and its central themes of Black consciousness and identity, social issues, harmony with nature, and anti-colonial resistance. The discussion will be moderated by Simon Schachner, VIU Intercultural Program Coordinator and host of Rebel Music International on CHLY 101.7 FM.

Hosted by Sociology, Media Studies, and International Education (Intercultural Programs)

Strengthening Climate Justice through Diversity

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Zoom (pre-registration required at this link)

How can climate action can be strengthened by different perceptions of climate justice? The Story to Action film, “What About Our Future?” illustrates the powerful voices and abilities that young people hold in advocating for change amid alarming concerns for their future. With guest speakers brought to you by Story to Action, the event will illustrate the importance of looking at climate change through a different lens. 

When you register for this event via Eventbrite, a link and password to the film What About Our Future? will be sent to you. 

Hosted by VIU Eco Club and VIUFA HRISC

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Bob Marley "One Love" Winter Fest

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
RBC Plaza (Outside B200)

Celebrate the life and music of Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley and VIU’s global student community with a high-energy and dynamic live performance by some of BC’s top reggae talent. Artists RebeLstoke, The Spiritual Warriors, Caleb Hart and Jônelle will be performing a combination of Bob Marley songs and originals. Entrance is free. 

Hosted by VIUSU and International Education (Intercultural Programs)

Friday, February 11

Arts & Humanities Colloquium Series:
Listening to the World / Storying a Place

10:00 a.m - 11:30 p.m.
B310 (Malaspina Theatre) and Zoom

Join us in the Malaspina Theatre for compelling live performances by two of VIU's Creative Writing & Journalism faculty. Poet and singer-songwriter Sonnet L'Abbé will talk about their impulse to decolonial balladeering and perform some of their new songs, while writer, playwright, and journalist (and Malaspina University-College alum) Craig Taylor will discuss and read selections from his work.

Urban Issues Film Festival:
Indigenous Voices on Climate Change

4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The 15th Annual Urban Issues Film Festival at VIU will explore the urban innovations and creative solutions happening around the globe, with a focus on Indigenous voices on climate change. Panelists Joan Brown, CAO of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and Scott Saywell, Superintendent of SD68, will speak about their deep, ongoing relationship walking hand in hand to foster an honouring of land in all of the school district's activities. Come and enjoy an evening of film!

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

2022 Artist Bios

Global Citizens Week Caleb HartCaleb Hart is a reggae/Caribbean music singer-songwriter originally from Trinidad & Tobago and now based on Vancouver Island. In a remarkably short timeframe Caleb established himself as mainstay of the B.C. reggae scene as well as a regular touring artist across Canada and internationally. In 2017, Caleb was invited to open for Damian Marley in Vancouver where he received much acclaim from the sold-out audience and media alike. He released his second album titled “11” in 2019.
Global Citizens Week JonelleJônelle is a singer-songwriter from from Flower City, Ontario but has recently made Vancouver home. Her style reflects her love of reggae, afrobeats, hip hop and jazz. She started singing at age six and learned to play trumpet a few years after that. In 2019 she made the leap of taking her musical passion to a professional level with the recording of her first single “Sunshine” and performing onstage with local reggae acts RebeLstoke and Mad Riddim.
Global Citizens Week Richard BrownRichard Brown is a veteran reggae drummer and a staple in the Vancouver live music community. He originally hails from the United States but Vancouver has been home for years. Richard plays in a number of reggae bands including Mad Riddim, RebeLstoke, East Van All Stars and occasionally performs with the rock band Big Sugar. 
Global Citizens Week The Spiritual WarriorsThe Spiritual Warriors, formerly known as Kalan Wi, are led by father-daughter duo Leroy and Daisy Joe. from Lil’wat Nation near Mount Currie BC. They create music inspired by the land and life in the coast mountains of their territory. With their unique blend of Indigenous chants and contemporary roots rock reggae they are distinctly west coast. And they are passionate about preserving and promoting their language and culture so most of their songs feature U’cwalmicwts, the Lil’wat language. The uplifting reggae rhythms only underline the beautiful harmonizing of their bilingual vocals.

Friday, February 11

4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Pre-registration is required

The 15th annual Urban Issues Film Festival will include Indigenous perspectives on the climate crisis. Panelists Joan Brown, CAO of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, and Scott Saywell, Superintendent of SD68, will speak about their deep, continuous connection, walking hand in hand to support land stewardship in all of the school district's operations. Come out for a fun, participatory evening of films with students, teachers, and the general public. This event is free and includes pizza and refreshments. Due to capacity limits, this event will be first come, first served. Please reserve a ticket in advance. All attendees must show proof of registration and a vaccine passport. Free parking available in Lot N behind the Library. 


16:15 - 16:30: Doors open

16:30 - 16:45: Welcome & Territorial Acknowledgement

16:45 - 17:15: Keynote Speakers - Joan Brown, CAO of Snuneymuxw First Nation and Scott Saywell, Superintendent of SD68

17:35 - 17:45: Films -

    • After the Ice: Alaskan Native Elders Tell Their Climate Change Story
    • Biidaaban: First Light

17:45 - 18:15: Pizza break

18:15 - 18:25: Welcome back

18:25 - 19:50: Film -

    • The Condor and the Eagle

19:50 - 20:00: Intermission

20:00 - 20:10: Welcome back

20:10 - 20:30: Films –

    • Power to the People (Episode 7 featuring the efforts of the Haida to develop renewable energy projects)

20:30 - 21:00: Closing

The Film Festival is being sponsored by the North Island Chapter of the Planning Institute of B.C., the Master of Community Planning Students Association, the Geographic Students Union, the Geography Department, the VIU Sustainability Advisory Committee, and the Awareness of Climate Change through Education and Research (ACER). 

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Community Bystander Training

Monday February 7 and Wednesday February 9

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Zoom (pre-registration is required)

In this two-part interactive workshop, hosted by the Cowichan Intercultural Society, participants will learn more about recognizing, safely intervening, and showing empathy to targets of racism. Pre-registration is required at this link.

Film: Anthropocene - The Human Epoch

Friday, February 11

12:00 p.m.
R140 (Cowichan Campus Theatre)

Join us for a screening of the award-winning Canadian documentary Anthropocene: The Human Epoch followed by an optional guided response activity among audience members.  This artistically-captivating film travels the world from China to Germany, Russia, Australia, Kenya, the US and beyond to witness the incredible impacts that humans are having on our planet, giving us another lens through which to consider what being a global citizen really means.  

For more information, please contact us:

Global Engagement
International Education
Building 255

Darrell Harvey
Manager, Global Engagement

It was nice to come together across study areas as a VIU community, and to learn about an issue that affects our worldwide community. – GCW participant

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