Yukon College and Vancouver Island University to increase enrollment and completion rates of Indigenous learners

NANAIMO, B.C. In the spirit of reconciliation, a new learning partnership for Indigenous youth at Vancouver Island University (VIU) and Yukon College is being announced today. Building from the guidance of Elders and the aspirations of Indigenous youth, VIU will join Yukon College in a collaboration supported by the Rideau Hall Foundation and Mastercard Foundation that creates opportunities for Indigenous learners to be full partners in their education.  Read more…..

VIU Recognized by Fulbright Canada for Leadership in Aboriginal Education

Fulbright Canada, one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the world, has chosen Vancouver Island University (VIU) to be the home of their newest research Chair, the Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies. Fulbright Canada chose VIU because of the leadership role the University has taken in building relationships with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities and supporting Aboriginal education. See more…….

During the past six years, Arthur Vickers has created a suite of two chairs and a box to be used in convocation ceremonies at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo

This project was commissioned by Coast Capital Savings. Last month, the suite was officially presented, with Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon in attendance, and at that time Vickers was made an honorary doctor of letters. The artist recently spoke with Robert Amos at his gallery in Cowichan Bay. Arthur Vickers has created many high-profile art works, including the desk for the premier’s office and Intangible Heritage, an image in 23-carat gold that is on show at the Royal B.C. Museum. These days, … Continued

JIBC strengthens its commitment to support Aboriginal learners

JIBC signs Colleges and Institutes Canada’s Indigenous Education Protocol. On January 23, Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) signed Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) historic Indigenous Education Protocol. This aspirational document reaffirms the Institute’s commitment to Indigenous education and provides a vision of how it will strive to improve and better serve Indigenous peoples.  Read more…..  

RBC and JIBC build first-responder capacity in rural and Aboriginal communities

Support from RBC has helped build much-needed first-responder capacity in rural and Aboriginal communities in B.C. “In many rural, remote and access-challenged communities across B.C., there is a demonstrated need for additional first responders who can provide much-needed emergency medical assistance to those who may have extended ambulance response and transport times to hospitals and clinics,” said Jodie Marshall, JIBC Health Sciences Division Program Manager.  Read more….

VIU LAUNCHES TUITION WAIVER PROGRAM TO SUPPORT YOUTH IN CARE

NANAIMO, B.C: Vancouver Island University is taking the lead on a new initiative aimed at making post-secondary education more accessible for youth in care. Beginning September 2013, VIU will run a pilot project – the Youth in Care Tuition Waiver Program – and waive tuition for eligible students who have grown up in the care system. It will be the first step in overcoming financial barriers that make it difficult for these students to consider and achieve success in higher … Continued

Positioning Aboriginal Women for Management Roles in Northern BC

Filling the Current Gap in Training NEWS RELEASE August 7, 2013 First time offering of Aboriginal Leadership Program in Dease Lake NEW WESTMINSTER – Moving aboriginal women beyond front-line administrative roles to position them as leaders in their Northern communities is the focus of the Associate Certificate in Aboriginal Leadership being offered by Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) for the first time this September in the small northern community of Dease Lake, B.C. The Associate Certificate is filling a … Continued

Leading the Way for First Nations Learners

Leading the Way for First Nations Learners National Chief Shawn Atleo on his drive to improve opportunities for aboriginal people in Canada. First in an occasional series. By  Katie Hyslop , Yesterday, Tyee Solutions Society Shawn Atleo, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, disliked school as a boy. Now he’s a champion for learning. Photo by Lysosome46. Graphic by April A Like most youth fresh out of high school today, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo didn’t have a plan or even much … Continued

COMMUNITY DIALOGUE SERIES TO BE PLANNED ON "RISING TO THE CHALLENGE OF RECONCILIATION"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 NANAIMO, BC A coalition of community leaders have formed a working group to begin planning a series of dialogue sessions to address the theme of reconciliation and racism prevention in Nanaimo. This was the outcome of a dialogue session held today at Vancouver Island University. In the presence of VIU’s First Nations Elders, those in attendance addressed the theme of “Rising to the Challenge of Reconciliation: Building a Stronger Community.” Co-hosted by Snuneymuxw … Continued