The Ring

Legacy of statelessness for migrant families

Tue, 2015-09-01 16:08

Butt (second from right) at a health information session for expectant mothers in East Lombok.

Heartbreaking headlines dominate the news around the world in continuing coverage about the predicament of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Americas seeking lives in new countries. What gets less attention are challenges faced by the millions of families caught up in undocumented migration for temporary work, especially those in the Asia-Pacific region. A new study by UVic researchers points to simple solutions that could have great impact.


Reclaiming a banned Saanich fishery

Tue, 2015-08-04 14:33

A scene from the 2014 sailing
A scene from the 2014 sailing

Almost a decade ago, XEMŦOLTW̱ Nick Claxton told his family he wanted to revitalize the reef net fishery, a fishing practice unique to the Straits Salish people and banned by the colonial government 100 years ago.

His uncle advised: “You can’t just go fishing. You must first build a ceremonial net.” And so began the spiritual, cultural and educational journey that Claxton considers his life’s work. It also became his PhD dissertation in curriculum and instruction at the University of Victoria—a research study designed to revitalize the knowledge, ceremony and practice that was nearly lost.


UVic osprey-cam offers a bird’s eye view

Fri, 2015-07-24 14:26

Osprey
Osprey. Photo: Sarah Blackstone.

Every summer for the last 10 years, high above the University of Victoria’s athletic fields, a little family has been going about its daily business, largely unnoticed, except by photographers and curious onlookers willing to kink their necks and squint their eyes.


In the spirit of collaboration

Fri, 2015-06-12 15:21

Catalyst Conversations, June 2, 2015

How do Greater Victoria’s post-secondary institutions work together with municipalities to benefit the region? First, you get everyone in the same room and start the conversation.

On June 2, the presidents of Royal Roads University and Camosun College joined UVic President Jamie Cassels in welcoming more than 80 elected municipal officials, city managers and academic leaders from the three post-secondary institutions to an inaugural Catalyst Conversations forum that challenged participants to imagine how they could work together to benefit our region.


UVic sets strategic course for community engagement

Mon, 2015-06-01 23:02

In line with the university’s vision of excellence in civic engagement and community-engaged research, UVic has established a new office to integrate support of its vision across all sectors of the university with specific strategic goals.

The Office of Community University Engagement [OCUE] will build on the university’s initiatives that over the years have forged strong relationships with community organizations aimed at meaningful change on society’s economic, social, cultural, technological and environmental challenges.


New online inventory for Chinese Canadian artifacts in BC

Fri, 2015-05-15 14:13

Photo: Chinese miner and glass plate. Date: unknown. Courtesy of: Cumberland Museum and Archives.

The University of Victoria is taking a lead role this year in the Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project (CCAP) to establish an online inventory of Chinese Canadian artifacts held by BC museums.


CanAssist technologies help people remain independent longer

Tue, 2015-05-12 14:14

Nathanael Kuipers using assistive technology
CanAssist software developer Nathanael Kuipers and an assistive technology known as the "wandering deterrent system."

Thousands of British Columbians living with dementia and other challenging conditions will benefit from innovative new technologies being developed by CanAssist at the University of Victoria.


More than just a smile: community dental clinics lead to recognition for social work professor

Tue, 2015-05-05 11:35

Sydney Adair, clinic administrator, and Wallace at the Cool Aid dental clinic.
Sydney Adair, clinic administrator, and Wallace at the Cool Aid dental clinic. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Social work professor Bruce Wallace, with the UVic Faculty of Human and Social Development, is the recent recipient of a BC Dental Association award of merit. Also a researcher and advocate, Wallace has invested the lion’s share of his academic career to improving access to dental care for those with low or no incomes. 


UVic fundraising recognized by United Way

Thu, 2015-04-30 16:59

UVic representatives at the UW Spirit Awards
UVic representatives at the UW Spirit Awards

On Apr. 21, at the United Way Spirit Awards luncheon at the Empress Hotel, UVic’s 2014 UW fundraising campaign was recognized with two awards: the Leadership Giving Award and the Post Secondary Challenge.


New educational kit supports early childhood activities with Métis themes

Thu, 2015-03-05 11:50

The objects look simple. Hand-sized swatches of organza. Coloured paper. A star-shaped hole punch. A blanket and rolled socks. But the meaning they hold can be transformative.

The educational kit of supplies and a colourful booklet of activities uses Métis history to engage young children in physical activities, literacy and art, helping build cultural awareness as well as healthy lifelong habits.