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.



Check out last year's events:

Additional Events:

Whose Land Is It Anyway?

Tuesday, February 5th
11:30am - 1:00pm
B250, R125

Featuring author, activist and educator: Taiaiake Alfred

Hosted by VIUFA's Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee and Political Studies

 Reading Circle

Thursday, February 7th
4:00pm – 5:30pm
B355, R211 (lounge)

Secret Daughter, a first novel by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, explores powerfully and poignantly
the emotional terrain of motherhood, loss, identity, and love through the experiences of
two families – one Indian, one American – and the child that binds them together.

Snacks will be provided!

Hosted by VIUFA's Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee

 Whose Land Is It Anyway Poster Reading Circle



The Shoe Project

Monday, February 4, 2019
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Malaspina Theatre, Nanaimo Campus

The Shoe Project supports immigrant and refugee women by teaching advanced English writing skills and offering voice training and opportunities for public performance. Experience the art of personal memoir and help empower female immigrants as they recount their amazing stories of journey and arrival to Canada.

About The Shoe Project

The Shoe Project is a writing and performance workshop where immigrant women tell the stories of their arrival in Canada – through a pair of shoes. They are coached by veteran Canadian writers and theatre professionals. Shoes accompany us on all our journeys. They say who we are, where we came from and where we are going. Writing their shoe memoirs gives members a voice and helps them be heard in the Canadian mainstream. Now in its sixth year. 

Hosted by Faculty of International Education, VIUFA, Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society, and Literacy Central Vancouver Island

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.

Featured Artists:

Clinton Fearon is a veteran Jamaican roots reggae musician. He rose to prominence in the 1970s as  assist and lyricist with his band The Gladiators. He is also  revered for his early session work in Jamaica at Coxsonne Dodd’s Studio One and Lee Scratch Perry’s Black Ark  studio. In the late 1980s Clinton relocated to Seattle where he formed new bands (The Defenders, Boogie Brown Band) and  distinguished himself as a solo artist; producing more than a dozen albums. 2019 marks 50 years since Clinton began playing music professionally.


Saritah is a South Korean-born Australian conscious roots songstress on a worldwide musical mission to uplift, inspire and heal. Bursting with an organic sound that is a refreshing and uniquely feminine weave of reggae, soul and acoustic inspired flavours, Saritah has a relentless passion for inspiring people to live their purpose and to follow their dreams. Saritah is a world traveller and an active force in the international reggae community, appearing at festivals throughout Asia, Western Europe, North America and Australia.


Yellowsky, born Roberto Andres Pooyak, hails from the Plains Cree First Nation and South American bloodlines. He is arguably one of the most important Indigenous rappers rocking in Canada right now. His content is political, social and spiritual. His lyrical flow over bottom end-heavy beats pays homage to the grimy city life of classic hip-hop music while his elastic delivery harkens to the traditions of both classic Jamaican deejaying and dancehall styles. Yellowsky released his first official album, Mixed Medicine, in 2017 and was featured on Joey Stylez’s album in 2018.





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

Hosted by Global Studies and Political Studies.

Friday, March 8

Saturday, March 9

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
B355, R211
Late Registration
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
B356, R109
9:45 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 7:30 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


Free Lunch and Caleb Hart Live In Concert

Thursday, February 7th, 2019
11:30am – 1:00pm
Gibby's Café

Students, staff and faculty are welcome to a free lunch while listening to the incredible rhythm of Trinidadian-Canadian reggae artist Caleb Hart.

Music and Healing; Presenter Pan Kai

Thursday, February 7th
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 210, Cowichan Campus

Pan Kai is offering a workshop on Five Elements Music Therapy, a practice that has been in use in China for over 5000 years. As a fifth generation practitioner, Pan Kai has conducted his therapy work in workshops around the world to help people regain their health – including quality sleep, normal blood pressure, and healing of various sicknesses.

Campus Store Draw: Sustainability Package

Draw date: Monday, February 11th
Cowichan Campus Store will be doing a draw for a sustainability package (reusable bag, stainless straw, water bottle, etc.)


For more information, please contact us:

Education Abroad
Faculty of International Education
Building 255

Darrell Harvey
Coordinator, International Projects & Internationalization

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