School of Public Administration

West Coast Connections

In July 2015 the School of Public Administration began a 2-year West Coast Connections program as part of our efforts to embrace and appreciate our place here on the west coast of Canada.

We invite guests from our campus community and beyond to share their knowledge and expertise with us once a month to help our faculty and staff learn and enjoy more about our unique surrounds, history and culture. This is prompting us to reflect more on what the west coast means to us personally as well as professionally and substantively in our role as educators.

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Cedar Bark Ceremony

In July, we launched our West Coast Connections program by participating in a Cedar Bark Ceremony from the Kwakwaka’wakw culture. This ceremony served to connect us with our ‘place’ in terms of recognizing our roles here at UVic.


West Coast Artists

We began the new semester with a presentation from Mary Jo Hughes, Director of the Legacy Art Gallery, about artwork by West Coast artists. She opened our eyes to a wonderful selection of art based on her own connection to the West Coast.


West Coast Literature

Dr. Nicholas Bradley, an expert in West Coast literature from the UVic English Department, regaled us in October with his interest in, research and teaching of the literatures of the West Coast.