Global Citizens Week

Global Citizens Week

Global Citizens Week - Sustainability in Action

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.


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
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


Call for GCW Volunteers

Global Citizens Week, an event where we celebrate Global Citizenship at VIU, is just around the corner (February 4-8). Volunteers are a critical part of the week’s success and we are hoping that you will help us make 2019 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 2019.

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, Feb 1st  
# VolunteersActivityEvent Name, LocationTime 
4Event Set-UpSet-Up for:  Kick-Off: Global VIU Showcase
- Upper Cafeteria
1:00pm - 3:00pm 
Monday, Feb 4th    
# VolunteersActivityEvent Name, LocationTime 
1Event AssistantConfronting Climate Change – An International Negotiation Simulation (PART I)
- B210, R245
8:15am - 10:00am 
2Event AssistantsDr. Who's T.A.R.D.I.S. (Telecommunication and Relevent Discussions with International Students)
- Upper Cafeteria 
11:15am - 1:00pm*Invite participants to enter the TARDIS and communicate with International Students from around the world! 
4Event AssistantsThe Shoe Project
- Malaspina Theatre
2:00pm - 4:00pm 
Tuesday, Feb 5th  
# VolunteersActivityEvent Name, LocationTime 
2Event AssistantsDr. Who's T.A.R.D.I.S. (Telecommunication and Relevent Discussions with International Students)
- Upper Cafeteria 
11:15am - 1:00pm*Invite participants to enter the TARDIS and communicate with International Students from around the world! 
1Event AssistantTransforming Plastic Pollution into a Lesson on Sustainability
- B200, R203
12:45pm - 2:30pm 
1Event AssistantExploring Attitudes to Homelessness
- B355, R211
1:45pm - 4:00pm 
1Event AssistantSustainability in Hospitality – Tackling Single Use Plastics in Vietnam
- B300, R401 (Royal Arbutus Room)
2:15pm - 4:00pm 
Wednesday, Feb 6th
# VolunteersActivityEvent Name, LocationTime 
1Event AssistantConfronting Climate Change – An International Negotiation Simulation (Part II)
- B210, R245
8:15am - 10:00am 
1Event AssistantArt, Entertainment, and Business: Video Games East and West
- B356, R109
9:45am - 11:30am 
1Event AssistantWorld VIU Points: Favella Tourism and the Occupation Movement
- B356, R109
2:15pm - 4:00pm 
1Event AssistantAll Nations Acoustic Reggae Showcase
- B170, (Shq'apthut - A Gathering Place)
4:45pm - 7:00pm 
Thursday, Feb 7th
# VolunteersActivityEvent Name, LocationTime 
1Event AssistantDeepening Connections: Nature-Based Experiences and Physical, Mental, Social, and Community Health
- B200, R203
8:15am - 10:00am 
1Event AssistantNanaimo Empire Days and the Reggae Resistance
- B356, R109
8:15am - 10:00am 
1Event AssistantIndigenous Perspectives Matter Here: Student Panel
- B355, R203
8:15am - 10:30am 
1Event AssistantExploring Attitudes To Homelessness
- B355, R211
1:45pm - 4:00pm 
1Event AssistantVIU Abroad: Transforming Our World
- B300, R401 (Royal Arbutus Room)
2:15pm - 4:00pm 
2Event AssistantsAll Nations Reggae Panel:
Featuring Clinton Fearon, Saritah and Yellowsky
- B356, R109
3:45pm - 5:30pm 
1Event AssistantPecha Kucha: Using Your Power for Good
- B300, R401 (Royal Arbutus Room)
4:15pm - 7:30pm 
Friday, Feb 8th
# VolunteersActivityEvent Name, LocationTime 
1Event AssistantGlobal Perspectives on Housing
- B200, R203
9:45am - 11:30am 
1Event AssistantPodcasts with a Purpose: A “Dark Room” Listening Event
- B356, R109
12:45pm - 2:45pm 
4End of Week Take-DownUpper Cafeteria (moving chairs, tables, etc)1:00pm - 3:00pm 

Free Lunch and Caleb Hart Live In Concert

Thursday, February 7th
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