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Chief Shawn (A-in-Chut) Atleo, Chancellor, VIU

Services for Aboriginal Students supports Aboriginal students in making a successful transition to Vancouver Island University and assists students to succeed in their academic endeavors by providing direct services and appropriate referrals.

Shq’apthut – A Gathering Place
Services for Aboriginal Students Centre

Shq’apthut – A Gathering Place on the Nanaimo campus is staffed by a Services for Aboriginal Students team that supports Aboriginal students to succeed in achieving their academic goals.

Shq’apthut Hours

Monday to Thursday, 8 am to 9 pm
Friday, 8 am to 4 pm

Hours for Services for Aboriginal Students

Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm


  • Listen and provide support to students with academic or personal concerns.
  • Provide information on, or referrals to, the following:
    • community services
    • personal counselling
    • substance abuse counselling
    • career planning
    • employment information
  • Assist new students with applications, registration and timetabling.
  • Provide information about Aboriginal bursaries, scholarships, student loans, and funding for Status, non-Status and Métis students.
  • Assist out-of-town students to find accommodation and day-care.
  • Promote cultural, recreational, and social activities in partnership with Aboriginal students and the Aboriginal Student Union Representative.
  • Liaise with Bands, Tribal Councils, Aboriginal Organizations, students, faculty, and Elders.

For More Information

Nanaimo Campus
Bldg. 170
Tel: 250-740-6510
Fax: 250-740-6385
Toll Free: 1-888-920-2221 local 6510

Phone, email, or drop by Shq'apthut to make an appointment.