Student Newsletter - October 17

Hello NIC students,

It’s hard to believe we are already mid-way through sunny October and Thrive month. If you haven’t taken part in an event yet, there’s still time so scroll through the dates below and join in on the fun! You could enjoy a free snack or try salsa dancing, there are lots of options to choose from.


Monday, Oct. 17 – Thrive event: Snack & Relax, 10 am – 1 pm, CV campus, Tyee Hall, Student Lounge
Tuesday, Oct. 18 – Thrive event: NISU Yoga, 12 – 1 pm, CV campus, Stan Hagen Theatre
Wednesday, Oct. 19 – Thrive events: Campus Walks, 12:15 – 12:45 pm, CV, CR & PA campuses
Wednesday, Oct. 19 and 20 – LLC event: Finding, Evaluating and Citing Sources
Thursday, Oct. 20 – The Great Canadian Shake Out event, 10:20 am
Thursday, Oct. 20 – Thrive events: Lunch with NISU: PA, Drum-making workshop, Salsa Dancing & Rec Sports Night: CV
Friday, Oct. 21 - Awi’nakola Program Welcome and In-person Orientation: Mixalakwila campus
Monday, Oct. 24 - Thrive event: Traditional Indigenous Medicines Workshop: CR


October is Thrive Month

(Entering the CR Turkey Drawing Contest)

Thrive is all about mental health literacy and encouraging self-care. If you’re interested in signing up for the Drum Making Workshop on Oct. 20 at 3 pm in Comox Valley with Elder in Residence, Daryle Mills, or the Traditional Indigenous Medicines Workshop on Oct. 24 between 12-1 pm in Campbell River with Elder in Residence, June Johnson, please email us at to register.


The Library and Learning Commons presents: Finding, Evaluating and Citing Sources
Oct. 19 and 20

This session will cover topics such as how to find, evaluate, and incorporate sources both effectively and ethically.

Bring your research questions and work-in-progress for personalized help!

Register now and join virtually or face-to-face.

The Great British Columbia Shake Out

Did you know that every year, Canadians take part in a practice earthquake drill, to be more prepared in the event of an earthquake? Join us at 10:20 am on Thursday, Oct. 20 to drop, cover and hold on.

It’s a good time to think about these questions:

Do you have an emergency plan?

Do you have enough food, water and supplies to last a minimum of three days?

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Have you secured your home to prevent furniture, cabinets, and appliances from toppling?

There are lots of resources available so visit to find out more about how to prepare.



This healthy dip is a great way to use the abundance of tomatoes still ripening in our local gardens, and it can be made as mild or spicy as you like.


4 large, chopped tomatoes or 1 can of tomatoes

1 ½ teaspoons of lime juice

¼ cup of minced sweet white onion

A few splashes of hot sauce

1 clove of minced garlic

½ teaspoon of salt

3 tablespoons of minced fresh cilantro

Optional: ½ cup of canned corn and/or black beans


Stir together all ingredients and chill in the fridge for a 1/2 hour so the flavours combine. If you’re hungry, eat it right away! You can also create a whole meal if you sprinkle chips with beans and cheese then bake at 375° for 10 minutes - you’ve got nachos!


Contact NIC’s Early Assist for personal or academic campus and community supports.

For emergencies call 911 or the Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1-888-494-3888. You can also visit Here2Talk.

Support services include: emergency financial aid, Indigenous supports, counselling,  disability services and much more.


The Library & Learning Commons (LLC) is your perfect spot to borrow a laptop, print a document, or just say hi! Academic Supports at LLC include: Research Support, Writing Support, Math Support, Peer Tutoring and Student Technical Services.


Has an NIC instructor or staff member made a difference in your life as a student? If you’d like to recognize someone’s expertise, support, or kindness that contributed to your success, please fill out our recognition form.  We will send the nominee an anonymous thank you on your behalf including your comment(s).

Please keep in touch by email or Student Life Facebook or Student Life Instagram page. We welcome your feedback!


Lela Kulesh, Rachel Birch, Mez Jiwaji, - your Student Life team