Major Gifts

Aboriginal Gathering Place

  • will provide a special place for VIU’s Aboriginal students, Services for Aboriginal Students and our community partners
  • influenced by the traditional Coast Salish pre-European contact structures
  • approximately 5,000 square feet
  • will be used for small gatherings and sharing of culture and traditions in an educational setting
  • project cost: $3.6 million

Cowichan campus

  • partnering with the City of Duncan, the District of North Cowichan, Cowichan Valley Regional District and the Cowichan Valley School District
  • relocate current campus from the Cowichan Band community center to the new Cowichan Place 
  • centrally-located at the old fairgrounds site in Duncan
  • will focus on education, recreation and culture in the Cowichan Valley
  • project cost: $26.2 million-- an additional need of $5 million has been identified to enable the relocation of the culinary arts program and the trades program which are currently both offered off campus.

International Centre for Sturgeon Studies

    • will support high quality and innovative research focusing on sturgeon biology, management and hatchery technology for enhancement/restoration and commercial purposes
    • research will aid in conserving and restoring endangered sturgeon populations worldwide  and supporting the creation of a thriving new industry for sturgeon meat and caviar production
    • project cost: $5.2 million

Deep Bay Field Station

  • will cluster scientific, environmental, economic and public engagement programming into one facility
  • create a centre of excellence and innovation to support sustainable shellfish aquaculture development and preservation of coastal ecosystems
  • will be a green design facility that will promote and showcase practical applications of alternative technologies for energy and water usage
  • project cost: $8.6 million

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