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Services for Aboriginal Students

We are here to support students of Native ancestry in making a successful transition to Vancouver Island University and to enable students to succeed in their academic endeavors by providing direct services and appropriate referrals.

Educational Support Services

  • assist new students with timetabling and registration
  • listen to and provide support to students with academic or personal concerns
  • liase with bands, tribal councils, students, faculty, elders, departments within Vancouver Island University as well as other post-secondary institutions
  • provide information about First Nations bursaries, scholarships, student loans, and sponsor funding for Status and Métis students
  • assist out-of-town students to find accommodation and daycare
  • promote cultural, recreational, and social activities in partnership with First Nations students
  • provide information on the following:
    1. academic learning support
    2. career planning
    3. counselling (both personal and substance abuse)
    4. employment information

Services for Aboriginal Students

Campus Events

Moose Hide Campaign

The Moose Hide Campaign is a grassroots movement of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal men who are standing up against violence towards women and children.

Wearing a moose hide square signifies your commitment to honour, respect, and protect the women and children in your life and to work together with other men to end violence against women and children.

Join us as we pass out the moose hides and discuss the campaign. Lunch will be provided. Sharing circle to follow if time allows.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
11:30am - 1:30pm, Room 140 

Phone Student Affairs 250-746-3509 for more information.

KAIROS Blanket Exercise: A Workshop in Reconciliation

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise explores the history of Canada from an Indigenous perspective.


FREE: registration is required at Student Affairs, call 250-746-3509

Open to all interested

The exercise uses blankets to represent the lands of what is now called Canada, and the distinct cultures and nations which live on those lands to this day. Participants represent the First Peoples; when they move onto the blankets, they are taken back in time to the arrival of the Europeans. The Narrator and facilitators will work with the participants to read a script while the exercise goes through the history of treaty-making colonization and resistance that resulted in the nation we today call Canada.

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