4:00 PM16:00

International Overdose Awareness Day

VIPIRG will have a table at this event.


Please join the South Island Community Overdose Response Network (SICORN) to mark International Overdose Awareness Day (in Victoria on August 29; worldwide on August 31): a time to remember, a time to act.

4-6pm: information & resources, supports, memorial activity, food, music, overdose response training & free naloxone kits

6pm: call to action & rally

7pm: candlelight vigil of remembrance

~ please feel welcome to bring photos of loved ones ~

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3:30 PM15:30

Destination UVic - Saturday May 12, 2018

Destination UVic, is fast approaching on Saturday, May 12, 2018. This is an event for applied/admitted Grade 12 and transfer students (and their families) who are intending to come to UVic in September. The event was extremely successful last year, and it will be even bigger this year with the addition of free bus shuttles from Swartz Bay and other areas of Vancouver Island.

The event will run from 10:00am-3:30pm, and the information fair will be located in the Michele Pujol room of the SUB. 

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VIPIRG Monthly Book Club
12:30 PM12:30

VIPIRG Monthly Book Club

VIPIRG hosts a book club on the first Wednesday of the month. It is open to students and community members.

Our theme for this month will be announced shortly.

We're also welcoming suggestions for future book clubs if you want to send us a PM with your ideas.

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9:30 PM21:30

Pancake Breakfast

  • Outside the Student Union Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Every semester on the last day of classes, to give back to students and help them destress before exams, we host a pancake breakfast. The breakfast features pancakes, scrambled eggs, fruit, ice cream, and more! 

Look out for us outside the Student Union Building on Friday, Dec 1 from 9:30-11:00am.

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PRESS PLAY: Music & Poetry
to Nov 26

PRESS PLAY: Music & Poetry

  • Bayanihan Community Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

VIPIRG invites you to come out for a night of art, dance, and soulful jams from local musicians! This night is about catching a little freedom from the stresses of everyday life. 

When: Saturday November 25 @ 930pm
Where: Filipino Bayanihan Community Centre (1709 Blanshard Street, Victoria BC) 
Suggested donation: $5-10 (cash or card)


LOOELLE is the combined musical efforts of Ellen Trottier & Niloo Farahzadeh. Armed with a guitar & a cajon, these ladies wrap their warm vocal harmonies around topics of love, sex and activism.

Nofel is an Arabo-Anglophone poet and writer. His writings have appeared in Snapdragon Journal and Packingtown Review, and several Arabic journals. He is also a regular columnist at Here Magazine.

Sari Alesh
Sari is a violinist, who moved to Canada from Syria in 2016. He had a starring role in the Belfry's Children's Republic (August – October 2017) and performs at various events in the community.

Rachelle is a Writing/Visual Arts student at Uvic. Her poetry is a blend of confessional and the existential...trying to see the philosophical & the psychospiritual in the everyday

Dance music by DJ Vinnie Bugatti

We'll also be distributing copies of our annual publication called From The Margins.


The Community Centre is street level. Bus tickets will be provided. Accessible by bus: # 4, 6, 11, 14, 21, 22, 31, 50, 70. 

This event is happening on the traditional occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Lkwungen nation. Email, or call 250-721-7285 if you have questions or concerns. 

The Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG) is a non-profit dedicated to research, education, advocacy, & activism in the public interest connected to social & environmental justice.

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VIPIRG Monthly Book Club
3:00 PM15:00

VIPIRG Monthly Book Club

VIPIRG is starting a book club and discussion group for students and community members. Our first theme will be Instagram Poetry and the book we will be looking at is Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. If you haven't read the book, we have a copy in the VIPIRG library or you can take a look at the Instagram account @rupikaur_ which features a lot of Rupi's work. 

Come by to chat about how poetry has moved to Instagram, the controversy about Rupi Kaur and to drink some coffee or tea with us!

We're also welcoming suggestions for future book clubs if you want to send us a PM with your ideas.

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6:30 PM18:30

Research Remixed

Join us for the launch of Victoria's Student Housing Crisis Research Publication & Poetry Slam

Attend and discover, through a variety of presentation formats, the exciting research happening at VIPIRG and hear stories and poems by local poets.

Copies of the research publication will be provided

Thursday, October 19
Wild Coffee (632 Yates St)

This event is happening on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Lkwugen speaking people.

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3:00 PM15:00

UVic New Student Welcome Information Fair 2017

The Information fair will cap off New Student Welcome Day, when 3,000 new students are introduced to campus. This event is a great opportunity for VIPIRG to showcase the great work we do.

The focus for this year’s information fair is UVic student support and success services, in order to maximize new students’ exposure to the support available on campus that will help them succeed here at UVic. 

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to Mar 26


Have you ever wondered what the world would look like in the future? Currently, humanity is faced with all sorts of hardships; from climate change to the mass media, and as time goes on, one of the most relevant questions people ask is if things are going to get better or worse. 

One of the ways to answer this question involves looking at the world through a perspective of research, community organizing, social movements, and activism. Last year, we explored the intersections of racism, sexism, and environmentalism. This year we are going to examine what those very issues are going to look like in the future. 

Our conference is going to have six different panels with students,academics, activists, and community organizers from Victoria and elsewhere talking about their visions for the future of our planet. This will be accompanied by a keynote event with Kat Blaque, a transgender woman of color that is known for the YouTube show, True Tea. She will be talking about the ways in which internet culture has potential to shape our society going through the 21st century.

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