• Art, land-based learning lends healing aspect to tough history lessons at Dechinta University

    • September 17, 2015


    Meagan Wohlberg

    Northern Journal 15 June 2015

    For Peter Andrew, the violent history of colonization of indigenous peoples in Canada is a difficult topic to speak about, let alone study in the classroom.

    “It was one of the hardest things I could listen to,” he shared. “But it’s a history we can’t let other people forget, how indigenous people were treated not just in Canada, but worldwide.”

    The 48 year-old student from Tulita is one of seven currently wrapping up the spring semester at the Dechinta Bush University on Blachford Lake in the NWT wilderness.
    Fortunately, he said, the intertwining of on-the-land activities with some of the more troubling lessons in history made them easier to process, providing some respite from the triggering talk of residential schools and colonial policies and reminding him of the strength and perseverance of indigenous peoples.

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