News and events

Reconciling Ways of Knowing joins the Victoria Forum on November 12, 2020.

The Virtual Victoria Forum, to be held on November 12, 13 & 19, 2020 focuses on bridging divides in the wake of a global pandemic. Evidence-based conversations will stimulate creative thinking to develop innovative ideas and actionable solutions to contemporary and urgent environmental, economic, and social challenges.

Arthur Mercer, past CEO, Nisga’a Commercial Group, joins NCIED

Arthur, Simoogit Galga, is a hereditary Chief, and past CEO, Nisga’a Commercial Group, and economic development coordinator for the Nisga’a Lisim’s Government. His broad experience over three decades includes building strategic economic development partnerships that increase business accessibility and capacity building.

Peter Lantin, past president Haida Nation, advises NCIED

In the summer of 2019, Peter Lantin, past president of the Haida Nation, moved to Victoria. Fortunately, for NCIED, Lantin and Dr. Brent Mainprize, had worked together for many years. While Lantin was president, they co-developed Haida Owned and Operated, an entrepreneurial program tailored for Haida residents to become self-reliant through business ownership. It was an honour that Lantin was willing to share his expertise on Indigenous governance and business, not only with NCIED, but also with the students, faculty and staff of the Gustavson School of Business.

BCAAFC Management Training Academy (MTA)

BCAAFC, NCIED and Gustavson School of Business, in partnership with the Ministry of Advanced Education, secured funding for a BCAAFC Management Training Academy (MTA). From September 2019 to February 2020, participants selected from Friendship Centres in BC completed the MTA to further their training, experience and management skill set to aid in the succession planning for Friendship Centres.

Reconciling Ways of Knowing Forum

Reconciling Ways of Knowing: Indigenous Knowledge and Science Forum, scheduled for May 25-27, 2020 at the Turtle Lodge in Sagkeeng First Nation and Winnipeg, Manitoba, moved online due to COVID-19. The Forum, convened by Miles Richardson, O.C.; Dr. David Suzuki; Dr. Nancy Turner; and Elder Dr. Dave Courchene, Jr. (the convenors), in partnership with the Indigenous Leadership Initiative and David Suzuki Foundation, was created to build understanding and relationships across Indigenous and scientific ways of knowing.

Senate Committee on Academic Standards meets to approve Convocation lists

Eric Metcalfe: Pop Anthropology

Pop Anthropologyis an exhibition of multimedia artist Eric Metcalfe's oeuvre, spanning over sixty years, in celebration of the artist's honorary doctorate from UVic (UVic DFA 2021, BFA1970).

Eric Metcalfe: Pop Anthropology

Pop Anthropologyis an exhibition of multimedia artist Eric Metcalfe's oeuvre, spanning over sixty years, in celebration of the artist's honorary doctorate from UVic (UVic DFA 2021, BFA1970).

Isshoni: Henry Shimizu’s Paintings of New Denver Internment

Isshoni: Henry Shimizu's Paintings of New Denver Internmentis an exploration of Japanese Canadian identity, community, and family.

Breaking the Mold

UVic Art Education faculty and sessional instructors share their diverse perspectives, approaches, and experiences in art education.

Chemistry seminar: Bing Joe Hwang, “Oxygen Evolution Reaction Mechanism of Layered Double Hydroxides”

Dr. Bing Joe Hwang
NanoElectrochemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Sustainable Energy Development Center, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei 106, Taiwan
National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Hsin-Chu, 30076, Taiwan

The active phase and catalytic mechanisms of Ni-based layered double hydroxide (LDHs) materials for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) have no common consensus and remain controversial. Moreover,engineering the site activity and the number of active sites of LDHs is an efficient approach to advance the OER activity as the thickness and stacking structure of the LDHs layer limits thecatalytic activity[1]. This talk will present an in situ approach of tuning the site activity and number of active sites of NiX-LDHs, which exhibit the superior OER performance. The fundamentalmechanistic insights and active phases during the OER process are characterized by in-operando techniques along with the computational DFT calculations, revealing that Ni site constitutes the OERactivity and dynamically generated NiOOH moiety is the active phase. We also prove that Ni sites undergo a reversible oxidation state under the working conditions to create active NiOOH species whichcatalyze the water to generate oxygen. These findings suggest that Ni(III) phase in NiX-LDHs is the OER active site and X promotes the electronic properties of Ni sites. Utilizing in situ/in operandotechniques and theoretical calculation, we find that the in-situ intercalation of guest anions allows the expansion of the LDH layers and keeps the active NiOOH species under the oxidation state of+3 via electron coupling, which ultimately tunes the site populations and site activity toward the superior OER activity, respectively. This work provides insight into strategies to design the nextgeneration of highly active catalysts for water electrolysis and fuel cell technologies.

UVic United Way Trivia event

Are you a trivia buff? Join the UVic United Way committee for a fun lunchtime online trivia game.