Dechinta inspired me to be self-determined, to develop my education, to bring it back to my community, and to protect this Denendeh sacred place.
Dechinta is a great way to learn about the Dene culture, language, and our way of life. To be a part of this experience with Dechinta, taught me how important it is to learn the way of life through elders and academics. Best schooling I ever had!
Since going there [to Dechinta], the whole experience, I feel like I have a better appreciation for my identity that I hold here. The experience helped to refine the way that I view education now, any form of education that may be, whether it’s cultural or institutional, whatever. I just view it in a more mature way. I highly recommend it to anybody that wants to pursue post-secondary education. It’s a great first step and it’s very fun.
Dechinta switched the lights on for me. In school I never learned about the dene nation or dene brotherhood or political movements that happened in my hometown. Dechinta gave me a better understanding of our home government in the north and helped me create friendships and bonds that I still have today.