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Walking together

At the Cowichan campus small class sizes and hands-on learning creates real connections—with other students, with faculty, the community and the land. 

A focus is on Q’ushin’tul (Walking Together). Q’ushin’tul is a Hul’qumi’num word that translates to Walking together. It's an Indigenous approach to education that promotes academic success and student well-being. 

"The spirit of Q'ushin'tul is to walk together in everything: education, employment, and life. At VIU we are walking together with students to create a balance of education and values based in indigenous ways of knowing and being." – VIU Elder Hwiem' (Marlene) Rice

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Are you planning to take your first-year of university at the Cowichan campus? 

Then you might be interested in the Q’ushin’tul  (Walking Together) learning community. With Q'ushin'tul (Walking Together)  you get a bundle of first-year university courses to take at the Cowichan campus. The bundle includes three courses in the Fall Semester and three in the Spring.

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VIU News

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VIU welcomes public to campus for career fair

What: VIU Career Fair, hosted by the Career Studio When: Friday, April 26, 2024, 11 am to 3 pm Where: VIU gymnasium (Building 190). See Nanaimo campus map...
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Cowichan VIU Events


Media Studies Showcase & Social

Join Media Studies students and faculty Thursday April 25th from 4-7 pm at Shaw, 4136 Boban Rd in Nanaimo, for a year-end presentation of projects and...

2024 Research and Creative Activity Symposium

The Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity Office is sponsoring a one-day Research and Creative Activity symposium during the SRCA Showcase month in April...

Adult Indoor Soccer Tournament

VIU Mariners men's soccer is presenting a first annual two-day indoor soccer tournament at the VIU Gym. This tournament is aimed at VIU students but all local...

Protecting Salmon from Tire Wear Toxins

Annual conference and workshop for the Mitigating Inputs of Tire Wear Toxins to Protect Salmonid Habitat on Vancouver Island project. The event is related to a...
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