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National Indigenous Peoples Day and Indigenous History Month

Today, the UVSS Board recognizes the beauty, strength and knowledge of Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island. We especially recognize the W̲SÁNEĆ and Lək̓ʷəŋən peoples of whose lands we do our work and our learning on.

As a non-profit, social justice based organization, we acknowledge our responsibility to align our work, and our actions as UVic students, with the values of decolonization and Indigenous self-determination. As students we are working towards creating a healthier future for us all, and that can only happen once justice has been achieved.  We recognize that learning our history on these lands – both individually and collectively – is an important first step.

Statement of solidarity with Indigenous land defenders

The UVSS Board stands in solidarity with Indigenous land defenders and their supporters across blockades on unceded Pacheedaht and Ditidaht territory (Fairy Creek, Walbran Valley, Eden Grove, Caycuse) and throughout what is colonially known as Vancouver Island.

The defense of old growth forests across so called British Columbia is resistance against historical and ongoing structures of settler-colonial violence and capitalism. These structures are upheld today by the continuous displacement of Indigenous peoples from the Land they hold living relationships with.

UVSS Win: International student bursary increase

Major win in international student advocacy! In response to the lobbying efforts, led by Sarina, UVSS Director for Outreach and University Relations and Dipayan, UVSS Director of International Student Relations, UVic has committed to increase the International Bursary by $200K. UVic is looking to further review and increase support for International work-study program!

How to Get Involved

Committees

Check out our committee schedule and a description of what committees are. These are all open committees, so you can just pop on in!

Board Meetings

We have board meetings every two Mondays at 6pm, which are live streamed via our Facebook page. You can see past minutes and upcoming agendas, too.

Newsletter

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UVSS Statements

Asian Heritage Month: celebrating diversity, standing against hate

As Asian Heritage Month comes to a close, the UVSS recognizes the rich diversity of Asian students on our campus. May is dedicated to East and Southeast Asians, South and Southwest Asians, as well as Pacific Islanders—groups which make up a significant and integral part of our membership. 

Asian, Chinese, East Asian, and those coded as East Asian have experienced violence and racial transgressions during the COVID-19 pandemic—exacerbating the anti-Asian discrimination experienced long before COVID, and which some members face disproportionately. As we prepare to return to campus, we stand in solidarity with all those affected regarding issues of mental, physical, financial, and social well-being, as well as safety and accessibility.

UVSS Statement: Stop Anti-Asian Hate

The loss of eight people murdered in Atlanta on Tuesday, March 16 highlights an escalating pattern of anti-Asian hate crimes that is not isolated to the United States. In Vancouver alone, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen by 717 per cent. These attacks and their lack of visibility were made possible by hundreds of years of ongoing colonization, the reproduction of white supremacy, the history of sexualization and sexism towards Asian women, and the continued othering of those of Asian descent. 

The UVSS condemns not only these attacks, but the racist rhetoric that fuels them. As we mourn those who were lost, we reaffirm our commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization that pushes for equity on campus and in our larger community.

UVSS and #BlackLivesMatter

The University of Victoria Students’ Society stands with Black and Indigenous communities and People of Colour in the United States, Canada, and around the world. We are actively exploring avenues for unlearning and eliminating systemic racism within our governance and operations, starting with all Directors undergoing anti-racism training on June 22nd.

Health and Dental Plan

Who’s Covered?

Undergrad students who are members of the UVSS and are registered in at least 3 units of on-campus classes in September or January including co-op or distance students are automatically covered by the UVSS Enhanced Health & Dental Plan.

Two Coverage Options?

UVSS Members now have access to a flexible benefit model that offers students two different coverage options, the Enhanced Plan (higher coverage at higher cost) and the Basic Plan (lower coverage at lower cost).

Change of Coverage

Choose your coverage plan , mix and match portions of both, or opt out during the Change-of-Coverage Period each year.

  • Fall: August 24th to September 22nd
  • Winter: December 22nd to January 22nd

See studentcare.ca for more info.