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Indigenous environmental stewardship will be featured at film festival in Nanaimo

Urban Issues Film Festival returns to VIU this week

The Urban Issues Film Festival took a two-year intermission due to COVID-19, but returns next week.

The event returns to Vancouver Island University on Feb. 11 and is part of VIU’s Global Citizens Week.

This year’s festival is themed ‘global Indigenous voices and the climate crisis’ and features keynote speakers Joan Brown, Snuneymuxw First Nations chief administrative officer, and Scott Saywell, Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools superintendent.

The film festival will feature The Condor and the Eagle, about Indigenous “land and water defenders in both North America and South America, and there will also be a selection of short films shown.

The festival is from 4:15 p.m.-9 p.m., with speakers at 4:45 p.m., free pizza at 5:45 p.m. and the evening’s featured film starting at 6:25 p.m.

The event takes place in Bldg. 355, Rm. 203 at VIU campus and because of the venue’s limited capacity, organizers are requiring pre-registration at All attendees must show proof of registration and a vaccine passport, and wear masks.

Free parking will be available in nearby Lot N.

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