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Noelle Hanuse is VIU's first Indigenous counsellor. She says she most often sees depression and anxiety in her clients from the ongoing and historical trauma the students have faced.
Noelle Hanuse is VIU's first Indigenous counsellor. She says she most often sees depression and anxiety in her clients from the ongoing and historical trauma the students have faced. Photo Credit: Vancouver Island University

VIU Nanaimo's first Indigenous counsellor helping students

By Spencer Sterritt
March 26, 2017 - 9:15am Updated: March 27, 2017 - 9:11am

NANAIMO — Vancouver Island University-Nanaimo's first Indigenous counsellor is addressing trauma from her student's past in order to help set the next generation up for a more productive future.

Speaker Sophie Harrison, at VIU's Malaspina Theatre on Tuesday night, says the Kinder Morgan pipeline has undermined B.C.'s government.
Speaker Sophie Harrison, at VIU's Malaspina Theatre on Tuesday night, says the Kinder Morgan pipeline has undermined B.C.'s government. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

B.C. Liberal gov't focus of anti-Kinder Morgan discussion

By Spencer Sterritt
March 22, 2017 - 5:30pm

NANAIMO — How the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion has infiltrated various levels of B.C.'s government was the most talked about point in a recent discussion on the pipeline at VIU.

The Northern Games, which have run for the last several years, promoted awareness and education about Indigenous culture outside the classroom.
The Northern Games, which have run for the last several years, promoted awareness and education about Indigenous culture outside the classroom. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo students learn about northern Indigenous culture through sport

By Spencer Sterritt
March 16, 2017 - 3:58pm Updated: March 16, 2017 - 4:36pm

NANAIMO — Students took it to the mat in the 2017 Northern Games, but not for the traditional sports you might expect.

A temporary youth shelter at this Haliburton St. facility likely won't return after closing on March 25.
A temporary youth shelter at this Haliburton St. facility likely won't return after closing on March 25. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo shelter likely won't return as officials seek alternative solutions

By Ian Holmes
March 15, 2017 - 6:59pm Updated: March 15, 2017 - 7:34pm

NANAIMO —All signs point to an emergency shelter for Nanaimo's youth lasting just one winter.

While seven to 10 youth have used the Haliburton St. shelter lately, Tillicum Lelum's Courtney Defriend told NanaimoNewsNOW their agency and the City want a more proactive solution.

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