Signature events

Canada 150: Promoting Diversity & Inclusion


Date: Nov. 17-19, 2017
Location: Victoria, BC

This conference will bring together leaders, influencers, youth and academics to discuss our nation's role in diversity and inclusion, both at home and on the global stage. Themes include economics of diversity, social inclusion, sustainability, Indigenous Peoples, business leadership and global trade. A collaboration between UVic and Global Affairs Canada.

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To Fish as Formerly: ReefNet Fishing and Reconciliation

ReefNet fishing

Date: August 3, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Tsawout First Nation Gym, 7728 Tetayut Rd
Speakers include: Nick Claxton, Tsawout Elders & Youth & the International Resilience Network

The W̱SÁNEĆ Nation are bringing back their customary ReefNet fishing methods. At the heart of the Nation’s way of life and wellbeing, these were banned under colonialism 100 years ago. This live-streamed event will feature a presentation on the significance and history of ReefNet fishing, demonstrations by W̱SÁNEĆ Elders and youth, as well as the global story of intergenerational resilience being woven by the International Resilience Network.

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Indigenous Peoples' Land Rights and the Roles of Ethnoecology and Ethnobotany


Date: May 2-5, 2017
Location: University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
Keynote: John Ralston Saul

The symposium will examine the trends and potential for recognizing land use and occupancy as reflections of Indigenous peoples' traditional ecological knowledge, and their fundamental and longstanding connections to the plants and habitats of their homelands. Hosted by the UVic School of Environmental Studies.

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Forgotten Corridors: Global Displacement and the Politics of Engagement


Date: May 15-18, 2017
Location: Victoria, BC
Keynotes: Dr. Jyoti Sanghera, Romola Sanyal, Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Researchers, policy makers and activists from diverse disciplines and regions will convene to discuss the parameters of global displacement, especially the experiences of those taking routes less travelled. UVic's Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives will host this 10th annual Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) conference.

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First Nations, Land, and James Douglas: Indigenous and Treaty Rights in the Colonies of Vancouver Island and BC

Songhees in Victoria

Date: Feb. 24-26, 2017
Location: Songhees Wellness Centre, Victoria, BC

There will be tours of Songhees traditional territory by land and sea before the first presentations, and the symposium will include a mix of academic and community presentations. Hosted by the Songhees Nation and the UVic Faculty of Law and Department of History.

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EnVision 2017: Decarbonizing Energy and the Environment

envision conference

Date: April 27-28, 2017
Location: Victoria, BC
Keynote: Jeffrey Simpson

The challenge of climate change means we must end harmful emissions and reverse the damage done. Academic, industry and government experts will discuss key issues related to climate change mitigation and decarbonization including in-depth review of technology options, state of the art policy analysis, social attitudes and response to climate change and consideration of new technologies/approaches to decarbonization. Hosted by UVic's Institute for Integrated Energy Systems.

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