Posts Categorized: Features

Why I need the Native Students Union

I would like to respectfully acknowledge that this article is being written and read on unceded Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories. By doing this, and participating in this institution, I am a part of the ongoing colonialism that exists on this land. I can only hope that this article will assist the people of these communities… Read more »

About our cover: This is what an Indigenous Student looks like

The Native Student’s Union comprises Indigenous students that come from a wide variety of experiences and Nations. There is no one way to be Indigenous or to look Indigenous. We have many different interests, talents, and worldviews.  In these photos we challenge the stereotypes that are held about the way Indigenous people look, and act. Jessica Curry… Read more »

Did CFS bad blood turn into UVSS mad love?

On Nov. 15, 2010, the University of Victoria Students Society (UVSS) began what turned into a lengthy legal battle to withdraw from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), a national organization that lobbies the government at the federal level on behalf of member universities. On Mar. 29, 2011, students cast a decisive vote and the… Read more »

Through the Looking Glass

All photos by Sarah Lazin There are times in a city when you find yourself removed into another world. Yet, never has this experience been so accentuated as when two curious reporters visited the self-proclaimed Super InTent City in the heart of downtown Victoria. Stepping through the break in the hedge which neatly encompasses the… Read more »

Gangland: How Victoria works against local gang culture

It was a typical clear day outside the Bay Centre in Victoria — a busker played guitar, while pedestrians waited for the lit-up figure of a man to indicate they’re safe to walk — when two teenage boys were approached by Vancouver gang members, and became the victims of an attempted recruitment. When one of the teens’ parents reported… Read more »

Me, Myself, and Mormon

“I’m sorry — do I know you from somewhere?” I asked. This young man had greeted me more enthusiastically and hurried over more quickly than I was comfortable with for someone I was pretty sure I didn’t recognize. It took me halfway through his, “no, I don’t think so,” to connect the tidy, striped tie with the… Read more »

Things get weird at the Great Canadian Beer Festival

The necks of your trusty and tipsy correspondents were not the only things baking in the sun at the Great Canadian Beer Festival; the culture of the festival itself stewed in the heat. Beer Fest is a mash of surreal pop culture references and graphic tees; consuming a steady stream of 4oz. samplers was all… Read more »