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UVic United Way campaign: Final push toward fundraising goal

Mon, 2014-11-24 15:35

Though the temperature may be dropping outside, the UVic United Way thermometers are only getting hotter, with the 2014 campaign 88 per cent of the way to the $250,000 goal. There is still time to make a gift to United Way Greater Victoria and support your community. Information about donating online is available at

UVic United Way Campaign off to fast start

Wed, 2014-10-22 08:55

The UVic United Way is proud to announce that only two weeks after our kick-off on October 6 we are more than two-thirds of the way to our fundraising goal of $250,000. UVic is counting on the support of the entire campus community as the campaign pushes to meet its goal.

During the month of October, all UVic employees received emails detailing the new online donation system used this year. More information about donating online to United Way is available at

Indigenous economic development consortium announced

Thu, 2014-10-16 09:04

NCIED group
L-R: Law Dean Jeremy Webber, Miles Richardson, Dr. Robina Thomas, Elder May Sam, Chief Andy Thomas and Gustavson Dean Saul Klein.

A new consortium to promote Indigenous economic development across Canada was recently announced at UVic.

The National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development (NCIED) has the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and the UVic Faculty of Law working together on community-based education and research to drive innovative economic change. The consortium was developed with the collaboration of leaders from Indigenous communities, business and government.

History mystery central to First World War exhibit

Mon, 2014-09-29 13:25

Milwright and Heather Dean, UVic's associate director of Special Collections.
Dr. Milwright and UVic Associate Director of Special Collections Heather Dean, with the diary set. Image: UVic Photo Services.

It’s a history mystery worthy of its own exhibition.

When Dr. Marcus Milwright, of UVic's recently renamed Art History and Visual Studies department, began planning his upcoming exhibit The Arts of World War I, he knew there was one item in the university library that he just had to use: a beautiful two-volume leather diary set illustrated with watercolours and pen-and-ink drawings of life during wartime. There’s only one problem: he has no idea to whom it actually belonged.

India field school spotlights intergenerational theatre

Wed, 2014-09-24 14:31

Gusul (centre) during a field trip to the region last year.

The buildings may have been repaired, but two key segments of the population in the southeastern coastal region of India are still struggling to overcome the effects of the 2006 tsunami: seniors and rural youth. Now, a new UVic field school hopes to bring a sense of joy to these marginalized people by creating India’s first intergenerational theatre company. 

Unite to Change with United Way

Fri, 2014-09-19 09:40

Supports of the 2013 United Way campaign cheering by a sign

It’s that time of year again. United Way Greater Victoria’s annual fundraising campaign is underway and this year the charitable organization has set its fundraising goal at $6 million. United Way counts on the support of the Greater Victoria community to reach its goal each year.

UVic to lead $5.5 million research project on forced dispossession of Japanese Canadians

Thu, 2014-08-21 18:04

Maple Leaf Grocery, Powell Street, Vancouver. Kariatsumari Family collection. ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF NIKKEI NATIONAL MUSEUM.

A multi-partner, seven-year, $5.5-million research project, Landscapes of Injustice, announced by UVic on Aug. 27 will culminate in an interactive travelling museum exhibition to tell the story of dispossession of Japanese Canadians.

Indigenous Mapping Workshop: Q&A with Brian Thom

Tue, 2014-08-19 13:02

Stz'uminus First Nation elder Ray Harris using his phone near the ocean.
Stz'uminus First Nation elder Ray Harris has mentored youth in working with the UVic-led mapping project. Photo: Chad Hipolito.

Indigenous communities across Canada are engaged in intensively mapping their lands, waters, resources and knowledge. These maps have unparalleled importance today not only for future generations celebrating Indigenous knowledge, but in discussions over land and resource development and the recognition of Indigenous rights.

Viking Age skill-building at the Royal BC Museum

Tue, 2014-07-29 09:50

Shawn Curé plays "Hnefatafl."
Shawn Curé plays the "Hnefatafl" board game constructed by his anthropology group. Photo: Photo Services

The new "Vikings: Lives beyond the Legend" exhibition at the Royal BC Museum is providing an opportunity for some UVic anthropology students to build their knowledge of Viking culture and share in community education at the same time. Jokes about these students' "cutting edge" skills will have to wait, though. While popular culture representations of the Vikings often put axes, raiding expeditions and pointy headgear first, the wealth of the Viking culture and their complex lifeworld was much more varied. And that's just what the anthropology students are helping community audiences appreciate.

Ten thousand talks—and counting

Mon, 2014-06-09 09:14

Mohamed Ghilan
Mohamed Ghilan is a graduate student in the Neuroscience Program.

More than 30 years ago, UVic established a program that, through the enthusiasm of campus volunteers, delivers expertise from every area of academic inquiry to audiences across Greater Victoria. An early example of the university’s deep commitment to community engagement and knowledge mobilization, the UVic Speakers Bureau today is Canada’s only university-wide initiative of its kind. And this May, Rosa Stewart, professor of Hispanic and Italian studies, gave the bureau’s milestone 10,000th talk: a travel piece focusing on England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.