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Vancouver Island University

900 Fifth Street

Bldg. 170 - Shq’apthut- A Gathering Place

Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5


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This event is open to Everyone.

This speaker’s series is held by Services for Aboriginal Students at Vancouver Island University and sponsored by various VIU departments. These talks are Tuesday over the lunch hour once a month in Shq’apthut – A Gathering Place and provide the opportunity for students, staff, faculty and community to expand their experience and awareness in current Indigenous topics and various aspects of Aboriginal Ways of Being and Knowing.

Dates: 2nd Tuesday of each month - November 2017 - April 2018

Time: 11:30 to 1:00 ... Soup served at 11:30, presentation at Noon

Place: VIU Nanaimo Campus, Bldg. 170 - Shq’apthut- A Gathering Place Link to Campus Map


Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - Patricia Erb and Conrad Prince

Topic: Refelctions on Truth and Reconciliation: From Argentina to Canada

Sponsor: OAEE & International Education

Patricia and Conrad will share their personal journeys. Patricia will share her thoughts on the power and challenge of Truth, Memory and Justice and reflect on the time this journey has taken for her and for the people of Argentina. Conrad will reflect on what are the first steps along Canada’s path of reconciliation and together they will discuss what lessons can be learned from other Truth and Reconciliation processes and what Canada must learn on its own to achieve ours.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - Allyson Anderson – First Nations Studies, Vancouver Island University

Sponsor: Faulty of Arts and Humanities

Topic: "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves: the Contrapuntal Rantings of a Half-Breed Girl"

Allyson examines colonial pop-culture discourses for representations of the ‘half – breed girl’ [whether mixed-blood or historical Métis], reading them ‘against the grain’ to expose some disturbing assumptions undergirding narratives of nation-building in Canada and the U.S.A.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – Laura Tait, Director of Instruction School District #68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith)

Sponsor: Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning

Topic: “Indigenous Education – Engaging All Learners”

Laura will share a few topics she’s passionate about in the world of indigenous education. This engaging talk will touch on various big ideas Laura is invested in including: the concept of ‘collective ownership’; our ‘shared history’ in Canada; educational strategies and understanding the strength and successes that come from building relationships with Indigenous students and their families.

Laura Tait is Tsimshian from Prince Rupert and her mother is from the village of Lax Kw’Alaams. She was born into the Eagle Clan. She is a Director of Instruction in the Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools and is engaged in numerous district and provincial level educational initiatives pertaining to Instruction, Assessment and Aboriginal Education.

Spring 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - Noelle Hanuse, VIU Counsellor

Sponsor: Office of the Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs

Topic: Leave Ego at the Longhouse Door: Healing the Spirit through Transcendence of Ego.

This talk will explore the concept that illness is tied to disharmony within and that living by spiritual values and principles will help us back to wholeness and Oneness with Creator.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - Emmy Manson & Rob Depriest – Indigenous Education Navigators

Topic: Navigating University

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - Shawn Atleo, Shqwi qwal

Sponsor: 'Suluqw'a – Community Cousins

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - Louise Mandell, Chancellor, Vancouver Island University

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Vancouver Island University

900 Fifth Street

Bldg. 170 - Shq’apthut- A Gathering Place

Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5


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