The Ring

Elders’ voices find home on Google Earth: the Stz’uminus Storied Places Digital Atlas

Wed, 2014-03-26 11:13

Becker's project on display the 2014 JCURA fair.
Becker's project on display the 2014 JCURA fair.

Long before settler culture attached the names of explorers, businessmen and political leaders to the mountains, rivers and landscape we now call Vancouver Island, the traditional names used by First Nations carried a wealth of information about those places—information that anthropology student Amy Becker has been working to preserve.

Becker, recipient of a 2013-14 Jamie Cassels Undergrad Research Award (JCURA), explains “Indigenous place names are embedded in the culture, landscape, language and identities of the people who use them.”


Africa Calling: cast-off phones collected to serve people and planet

Mon, 2014-03-24 15:14

Davis. Photo: UVic Photo Services.
Davis. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

A red “London style” phone box is now stationed in the UVic SUB—the first of hopefully many drop off locations for the Africa Calling project.

“I hope every building on campus will have a red drop box,” says project founder, Kevin Davis. “The more unwanted phones we collect the more communities we can help in Africa.”


Partnership recognized for reductions in bullying

Mon, 2013-12-09 17:02

A WITS educational program at Westmont school. Photo: UVic Photo Services
A WITS educational program at Westmont school.

As co-creator of the anti-bullying program, WITS, (Walk Away, Ignore, Talk it Out, Seek Help) Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater has worked tirelessly with community partners, police officers, school staff and administrators, and parents to protect children from peer violence and victimization. On December 2, 2013 Leadbeater was presented with the CIHR Partnership Award by the Governor General of Canada in recognition of her leadership of the WITS programs.


Archeology students discover ancient clam gardens on Russell Island

Thu, 2013-08-22 10:02

Clam garden excavations
Clam garden excavations on Russell Island

A dozen university students spent part of their summer exploring ancient First Nation villages in the Southern Gulf Islands and discovering 1,000 year old clam gardens on Russell Island — and earned course credit doing it. The UVic “Archaelogy of the Salish Sea” field school provided an opportunity to learn scientific methods and techniques and learn from and listen to Coast Salish Elders.


Student StartUp Challenge 2013 – UVic Wins First Place!

Fri, 2013-06-14 11:15

José Barrios, UVic psychology undergraduate, won first place this month in the Student StartUp Challenge for his research idea, Cognilab. Barrios and others founded the Canadian company with the objective to make academic research more accessible.


Political science grad reflects on family, Croatia and UVic

Thu, 2013-05-23 15:40

Ljubic. Credit: UVic Photo Services.
Ljubic. Credit: UVic Photo Services.

Christina Ljubic glows as she talks about her family in Toronto and in Croatia. “My family is very proud,” says Ljubic, “they are all excited to read my thesis on the war.” It is the war – the Homeland War, or the Croatian War of Independence (1991-1995) – that shaped and steered a lot of Ljubic’s path toward a master's degree in political science.


To Reunite To Honour To Witness: Legacy Art Gallery exhibit

Wed, 2013-04-24 14:33

Painting by Myrna Cranmer as a child at the Alberni Indian Residential School
Painting done by Myrna Cranmer as a child at the Alberni Indian Residential School. Photo: Devin Tepleski

A unique exhibit of children’s paintings opens May 8 at the Legacy Arty Gallery, “To Reunite To Honour To Witness.” The exhibition is a collection of paintings created by children who attended the Alberni Indian residential School in the late 1950s and early 1960s.


Can you “Kick the Plastic”?

Wed, 2013-04-10 10:23

Kick the Plastic team members. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Kick the Plastic team members. Photo: UVic Photo Services

How about making your own toothpaste or using handmade cloth bags to store food? A group of Geography 101A students got inspired and started their own “Kick the Plastic” project after they watched the movie, “The Green Bin Project.”


Coast Salish traditions shared

Tue, 2013-01-08 13:50

Tsartlip Elder May Sam assists anthropology student Silas Holdstock with his kni
Tsartlip Elder May Sam assists anthropology student Silas Holdstock with his knitting project. Photo: UVic Photo Services

“Learning Coast Salish traditional knitting from Elder May Sam, and knitters Joni and Adam Olsen was a wonderful experience,” says Rosa McBee, anthropology student. May Sam, Joni Olsen and Adam Olse—all knitters from the Tsartlip First Nation—taught students the basic art form of traditional Coast Salish knitting each week as part of the third-year Anthropology of Art course last term.


Five years into the crisis: What lies ahead?

Tue, 2012-11-27 14:34

A dynamic and engaged group of 100 students, academics and retirees filled a UVic lecture hall on Nov 21 to learn from and ask questions of a panel of experts about the current world economic crisis.