Hay ch qa’ sii’em siye’yu mukw mustimuxw

(Thank you respected ones of this place)

Situated on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples, VIU is fortunate to host a large number of Indigenous students. VIU provides a learning environment that is accessible, relevant for all learners, celebrates success, and acknowledges history and traditions.

Our Services for Aboriginal Students and Office of Aboriginal Education and Engagement offer a range of programs, supports and services for students, employees and the wider community.

Indigenous Events

Learn more about local events in our communities and around campus. 

  • Jan
    11:00am to 1:00pm
    Off Campus

    New schedule to connect with VIU Elders for January 2021! Mondays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm with Elder Stella JohnsonZoom ID: 624 5494 1231  Password: 555818

  • Jan
    3:00pm to 5:00pm
    Off Campus

    New schedule to connect with VIU Elders for January 2021! Tuesdays from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm with Elder Gary MansonZoom ID: 624 5494 1231  Password: 555818

  • Jan
    11:00am to 1:00pm

    New schedule to connect with VIU Elders for January 2021! Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm with Elder Maxine MatilpiPhone #250-216-1534

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Gathering Place

Office of Aboriginal Education and Engagement

The Office of Aboriginal Education is a team of dedicated practitioners who work to: 

  • develop community-based educational opportunities for students, such as the Aboriginal Eco-Tourism Training program; 

  • create a sense of belonging for Indigenous students on campus through the ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins Aboriginal mentorship program and the Elders-in-Residence program; 

  • support faculty to bring Indigenous ways of knowing and being into their classrooms through the Na’tsa’maht Shqwaluwun (One Heart, One Mind) professional development series; 

  • and foster relationships with Indigenous nations. 

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services for aboriginal students

Services for Aboriginal Students

Services for Aboriginal Students are available for one-on-one appointments with students, either by phone (250.740.6510) or through email.

Educational Advisors are available to help you with:

  • Exploring and developing your educational and career goals;

  • Changing programs, courses, and assisting with timetabling and registration;

  • Connecting you to academic supports;

  • Finding daycare and housing.   

Based out of Shq’apthut, VIU’s Aboriginal Gathering Place, Jennifer and Krista are here to listen and support students as they explore, plan and achieve their professional and educational goals. 

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Meet with us online

While we can't meet in person as often as we used to, we're still available to students virtually. Services for Aboriginal Students are available for zoom appointments and have Shq’apthut Virtual Gathering Place drop-in zoom meetings scheduled:

  • Tuesday 1 – 3 pm
  • Wednesday 10 am – 12 pm
  • Thursday 11 am – 1 pm
  • Friday 9 – 11 am

Please use this password for the meeting room:  285660 

Click here for the meeting

EleV Learning Partnership for Indigenous Youth

EleV is a scholarship program available to Indigenous youth aged 18-35. It’s a collaboration between VIU and Indigenous communities that is funded by the Mastercard Foundation. The program, which aims to boost the number of Indigenous youth accessing post-secondary education, provides full tuition, books, a living allowance, support from an Indigenous Education Navigator and career advising to support the transition to the workplace with an Indigenous Employment Navigator. 

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