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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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Cowichan VIU Events

Feb
13

bailey macabre ᐹᑭᒋᐦᒉᐤ" pâkicihew (she has swollen hands) exhibit

View Gallery is honoured to host ᐹᑭᒋᐦᒉᐤ" pâkicihew (she has swollen hands) an installation by Nanaimo-based artist bailey macabre, organized by the Nanaimo...
Feb
13

Comma Basics

Confused about how to use commas? Learn the basics in this interactive Writing Centre/International Academic Support webinar.
Feb
13

Bachelor of Education Information Session

Whether you’re interested in the Bachelor of Education program at VIU or have already applied, you will receive all the information you need to know and get...
Feb
14

bailey macabre ᐹᑭᒋᐦᒉᐤ" pâkicihew (she has swollen hands) exhibit

View Gallery is honoured to host ᐹᑭᒋᐦᒉᐤ" pâkicihew (she has swollen hands) an installation by Nanaimo-based artist bailey macabre, organized by the Nanaimo...
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