Film showing at North Island College in Courtenay

North Island College’s Global Learning Initiative present Small Community With a Big Heart on Nov. 21.

North Island College’s Global Learning Initiative, in collaboration with the World Community Development Education Society, is pleased to present “Small Community With a Big Heart” Nov. 21 in the Stan Hagen Theatre located on NIC’s Comox Valley Campus.

The Global Learning Initiative is a student-driven project that creates partnerships with local communities and individuals to foster awareness of global issues.

Its “Small Community With a Big Heart” presentation will begin with a screening of the film Tribal Journeys.

Tribal Journeys tells the story of a canoe voyage that brings together First Nations people from along the B.C. coast. Through their experiences, they build a strong sense of pride and help to restore wellness amongst indigenous communities. Together, they also help build trust and crosscultural understanding with non-native communities who live amongst or adjacent to indigenous people.

Following the film, nurses and NIC nursing students will host a discussion about experiencing teamwork and vulnerability in threatening weather, the importance of relationships, learning to unlearn, as well as spiritual and personal growth.  They will also speak about their North Island College field school experiences with the Wuikinuxv nation at the remote village of Rivers Inlet.

In 2009 and 2010, students and faculty travelled to Uganda, Nepal, Mozambique, Rivers Inlet and Kingcome Inlet as part of NIC’s Global Learning Initiative, and in 2011, NIC students returned to Nepal and Rivers Inlet. The intent of the project is to facilitate a greater understanding of global health issues by learning about social and health practices in local and foreign settings, and to provide students with opportunities to experience different contexts and cultures.

Global Learning has partnered with such organizations as World Community, Africa Technical Service (ACTS) and A’eka-lixl to realize these goals.

For Monday’s presentation, doors open at 6:30 p.m., and admission is by donation to the NIC Global Learning Initiative. For further information, contact Susan Auchterlonie at 250-334-5271 or visit

— North Island College