RUSI-VI is one of many Canadian and Commonwealth RUSI branches. The Duke of Wellington established the British institute in 1831 to provide serving officers, regardless of rank, a forum for discussion of military issues and ideas. RUSI-VI was established in 1927. The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia is our Honourary Patron.

We invite retired and serving Commissioned members of Canadian and Allied Armed Forces, the RCMP and other police forces, to join as Regular members. We also invite Non-Commissioned CAF members, police, and civilians to join as Associate members – with identical rights and privileges.

We keep members abreast of national security, defence and related issues through a series of monthly luncheon meetings and a quarterly newsletter.

Our monthly luncheons (second Wednesday of each month from September to May at the Bay Street Armoury in Victoria) feature speakers on defence and security and provide opportunities for old military comrades and new friends to socialize. Speakers over the past year have included the Commander of Maritime Pacific and Victoria’s Chief of Police. Members’ guests are always welcome.

We also provide support to two external programs. To help preserve Canadian Military History we support the Veterans Oral History Program at the University of Victoria. This program records and archives the experience of individual Canadian veterans. To encourage youth we present awards at the annual Vancouver Island Cadet bands competition.

Single membership dues are $30.00 per annum or $40.00 for a Family membership. Further information about membership, including our application form and the latest RUSI-VI Newsletter are available on-line on this website.