The symposium will be a green and culturally sensitive event.
We will follow First Nations protocol, and acknowledge and thank the Snuneymuxw for allowing us to teach, learn, live and share educational experiences on their traditional territory. We will also actively involve our aboriginal community, elders, and learners in meaningful ways in the design and delivery of the event to profile indigenous ways of knowing and learning.
VIU supports a healthy sustainable environment through progressive operational practices and promotion of environmental awareness. The location of the conference happens in a LEED certified building and the Shq’apthut, “A Gathering Place” honours the place of indigenous learners and knowledge. VIU implements a training program for staff and volunteers to raise awareness of environmental issues and enlist their support in operations.
Vancouver Island University’s policy is to minimize waste by evaluating operations and ensuring they are efficient, actively promoting recycling both internally and with customers and suppliers, sourcing and promoting a product range that minimizes the environmental impact of both production and distribution while meeting or exceeding environmental legislations. The conference will actively reduce waste (no single serve, no plastic, no water bottles, etc.), water and energy, use local food suppliers and locally sourced products and provide education about environmental impacts.