The Ring

Teaming up to revitalize Salish languages

Wed, 2012-05-09 11:14

Czaykowska-Higgins. Credit: UVic Photo Services
Czaykowska-Higgins. Credit: UVic Photo Services

On Apr. 25, Dr. Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins (linguistics) accepted a 2012 BC Community Achievement Award at Government House in Victoria in recognition of her highly consultative approach on the Coast and Straits Salish language revitalization project. She was not thinking of herself that day.


Making historical sense of census data

Wed, 2012-05-09 09:49

Sager. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Sager. Photo: UVic Photo Services

What can data stored in a bunker under the Clearihue building in the early part of this century tell us about life 100 years ago? Dr. Eric Sager (history) has devoted his own life to exploring such questions and on Apr. 11, he received a career achievement award from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations (CUFA) of BC in recognition of this work, marking a special personal milestone in his own history.


CARSA consultations result in parkade design choice

Tue, 2012-05-08 09:34

The revised parkade design for the proposed Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) is five levels, including one level underground, and includes additional parking for bicycles.


Behind the accent: UVic research gives immigrant youth a voice

Mon, 2012-05-07 13:05

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be an immigrant to Victoria? University of Victoria medical anthropology PhD candidate Sarah Fletcher and her team of immigrant youth research assistants are giving us a good idea. Since October 2011, they have been conducting research on the experiences of immigrant youth in Victoria. Their project, Navigating Multiple Worlds, explores how immigrant youth experience the transition from one country and way of life to another, as well as how they deal with and use the language of stress in everyday life.


Course pairs up grad students and BC ministry and everyone benefits

Mon, 2012-05-07 12:44

Nine students brought their graduate program to life this past spring by adding a crash course in knowledge mobilization to their schedules. GS 505: Research and Evaluation in Children, Youth and Family Services Policies is a multi-disciplinary internship, spearheaded by UVic Knowledge Mobilization Services and instructed by Dr. Gord Miller, (child and youth care). The program paired graduate students with practitioners and policymakers in British Columbia’s Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to produce research that is immediately applicable to the world around them.


Children’s residential school art portrays a truth

Tue, 2012-05-01 10:36

L-R: Robina Thomas, Sulsa’meeth (Deb George), Andrea Walsh, Tousilum (Ron George
L-R: Robina Thomas, Sulsa’meeth (Deb George), Andrea Walsh, Tousilum (Ron George), Joyce Underwood. Photo: Gary McKinistry

Human faces, landscapes, cultural stories, wildlife and abstract shapes are just some of the depictions found in a collection of children’s art created during the years 1958-60 at the Alberni Indian Residential School. Each piece of art tells a story about a child who did not have a voice.


UVic hosts Saanich Cyclefest

Sat, 2012-04-21 23:00

Cyclists of all ages were treated to blue skies and warm weather as Saanich families came out in packs to the third annual Saanich Cycling Festival, held on campus April 22. The venue was fitting for the Earth Day-themed cycling celebration, as the festival transformed UVic’s parking lot 10 into a bicyclist’s paradise for kids and adults alike. Co-hosted by the University Sustainability Office, the event kicked off with two group rides for older and younger bikers, which converged on the University campus for an afternoon of music, entertainment, and education.


UVic Carrot Mob helps raise over $9K for green business

Thu, 2012-04-12 08:13

Michael Traverse and Linsi Comfort hold Carrotmob planning team member Anthea Ch
Michael Traverse and Linsi Comfort hold Carrotmob planning team member Anthea Cheng (in carrot suit). Photo: UVic Photo Services

On March 21 downtown Victoria’s Sauce Restaurant and Lounge was the site for the second annual Carrot Mob, organized by UVic’s Business Sustainability Club and dedicated to helping local businesses become more sustainable. The day of business generated $9,084 that went into a fund to help the restaurant become a greener community member.


Symbols speak eloquently of living-with-dying

Wed, 2012-04-11 10:46

Image from the exhibition "Symbols of Living In-between." Poem is reproduced in
Image from the exhibition "Symbols of Living In-between." Poem is reproduced in article, below.

For many, living with a life-threatening illness is unimaginable. How does one garner the optimism and endurance needed to continue living while the end of life approaches? To help shed light on the experiences of people living with the uncertainties of serious illness, 32 people diagnosed with cancer, chronic kidney disease or HIV/AIDS joined forces with a group of nurse researchers to share stories and ideas about living with dying.


$1-million gift funds co-operative outreach

Tue, 2012-04-10 13:55

Central 1 Credit Union is donating almost $1 million over the next five years to the University of Victoria’s Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy (CCCBE)—a gift that could increase if the province’s 1.7 million credit union membership expands as well. The financial contribution is based on a unique funding arrangement of nine cents per British Columbia credit union member. Subject to an annual review by Central 1’s board of directors, the centre could benefit by up to an additional 5 per cent per year