The Ring

History of Indigenous housing framed by PhD study

Mon, 2016-06-13 15:02

Olsen. Credit: NunnOther Photography.

The lack of adequate housing on reserves across Canada continues to spark news headlines across the country, including three years ago—then again this year—about the isolated community of the Attawapiskat First Nation, with media covering the meeting today between Attawapiskat Chief Bruce Shisheesh and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa. But how were the foundations of the Indigenous housing crisis first laid and what role did successive federal governments play in this crisis?

These are questions PhD grad Sylvia Olsen can now help answer. Her study of the history of on-reserve housing in Canada examines for the first time the origins of the crisis and the persistent failures of the federal system over a span of 65 years.

Testing her design chops at a San Francisco start-up

Mon, 2016-06-06 10:55


From her office at a five-person San Francisco startup, Kailey Allan is designing sleek kettles, coffee pour-over systems, and other home brewing equipment for the boiling-hot kitchen accessory market.

Power to the people

Fri, 2016-06-03 19:36


How one UVic grad brought energy sovereignty to a remote Alberta town

Melina Laboucan, a 33-year-old member of the Lubicon Cree First Nation, came to UVic’s Indigenous Governance (IGov) master’s program in 2013 with a clear purpose: to develop a solar energy project plan that would tackle Indigenous and environmental issues in her home town of Little Buffalo, Alberta.

Intercultural collaborations forge first business PhD

Fri, 2016-06-03 17:21


“I’ve always been fascinated by how people work across differences,” says Sarah Easter, the Sardul S. Gill Graduate School’s first PhD alumna. Her recently-defended dissertation stands as testament to this passion: her work explores (among other things) which traits allow individuals to successfully collaborate, despite culturally-based differences. The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness—comprised of over forty organizations and associations from different sectors—provided the perfect case study for her to research these individuals in action.

An international quest to study and spread practices of inclusion

Fri, 2016-06-03 16:30


In the basement of the library, in a quiet area behind compact shelving, there’s a spot where students meet to secretly eat and talk. When Maram Alraygi discovered it, it became her favourite place to pray, providing a little spiritual break, she says in the midst of a full day of studying. And she liked sharing the hidden space with others. “I experienced the most blessed time there,” says the Master’s of Education grad.

Witnessing, studying and practicing reciprocity

Fri, 2016-06-03 15:36

Clements at Cathedral Grove

Growing up sailing the South Pacific with his family, Bradley Clements learned the importance of communication between visitors and locals. The elements of mutual respect between his family and island inhabitants—learning about local culture and customs in real-world settings—stayed with Clements as a lifelong lesson.

Co-op spins student into published author

Fri, 2016-06-03 15:19


Published author and master’s graduate are two things Elizabeth Bassett can add to her résumé as she crosses the stage at this June’s convocation ceremony. As an English student focusing on Victorian literature, Elizabeth found the perfect way to blend her studies with hands-on learning during her time at UVic.

Hands-on research opportunities pave a path to med school

Fri, 2016-06-03 15:02


It took some tussles with a few raccoons and a bald eagle for undergraduate Landon MacGillivray to realize that while he dearly loves animals, he wanted to work with more accommodating patients.

MacGillivray spent his childhood in Kamloops, playing hockey and discussing the finer points of science with his parents. Inspired by his experiences and conversations his father, who works as a science teacher, MacGillivray started at UVic as an undergraduate biology student, with the idea of being a wildlife veterinarian.

Congrats to our Spring 2016 grads!

Fri, 2016-06-03 14:45

Thousands of UVic students and their families and friends will gather on campus this month to celebrate the achievement of an academic milestone. During Spring Convocation from June 13-17, ceremonies will be held to confer 3,458 degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Spring 2016 Honorary Degree Recipients

Thu, 2016-06-02 16:25


One of Canada’s most successful Olympic athletes and four Indigenous leaders will receive honorary degrees from UVic during spring convocation ceremonies.