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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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 Symposium
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, Mexico, and Belgium 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 Symposium   All Nations Reggae Symposium Logo
Virtual Stage

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.
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.
Join via 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 guests "Shibata Familia" 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 couple 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
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 Symposium   All Nations Reggae Symposium Logo 
Virtual Stage

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.
Join VIU's WUSC (World University Service of Canada) Chair, Emily Dreger, for 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)

Tackling Racism in BC's Health Care System
Engaged Citizens Speaker Series

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

Thursday, February 11

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 Indigenous community agencies.
Join via Zoom
Hosted by Faculty of Health and Human Services

All Nations Reggae Symposium   All Nations Reggae Symposium Logo
Virtual Stage

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

Encouraging Travel Opportunities for Under-represented Students: A Safety & Risk Approach

4:00 p.m.
Stay tuned for more information coming soon!
Hosted by Faculty of International Education (Education Abroad)

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

Friday, February 12

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 Symposium   All Nations Reggae Symposium Logo
Virtual Stage

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)

Join us via Facebook Live at VIU Cultural Connections for lunch-time performances, a panel discussion and a special edition of Culture Kitchen, all exploring the different ways in which Reggae music acts as a global soundtrack of hope and resistance. 

All Week Long

All Nations Reggae Symposium
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.
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.
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 guests "Shibata Familia" 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 couple with deep roots in Japan's reggae scene.
Hosted by Faculty of International Education (Cultural Connections)

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For more information, please contact us:

Global Engagement
Faculty of International Education
Building 255

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