Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning is a community-led initiative delivering land-based, University of Alberta and University of British Columbia-credited educational experiences led by Indigenous northern leaders, experts, elders and professors to engage students in a transformative curricula rooted in Indigenous knowledge, values and laws.
The Dechinta experience is an educational experience like no other. Learning from the land while living in community is central to the Dechinta experience. Gather around a fire on buffalo fur to discuss Dene Political Theory, ski or canoe to check fish nets while gaining hands on experience of Indigenous theory. Collect medicines and learn regional Indigenous history from local expert elders. Contemplate the importance of land to community and life with a diverse group of students, instructors, and elders. Live in canvas tents heated by woodstove, sleep on ori (spruce bough) under the northern lights or midnight sun. Hunting, fishing and wild harvesting are integrated into the curriculum, led by dynamic and diverse Indigenous faculty with direct experience in research and leadership in subject areas.
Dechinta supports students at all points on their educational path, from start to finish.
Entrance is based on interviews by staff and faculty; admission requirements are based on life-experience, willingness to learn and dedication.
Dechinta is a legacy project that demonstrates commitment to the enhanced capacity and ability of Indigenous communities to fully participate in protecting sovereignty through enhanced human capacity and northern involvement in international circumpolar leadership.
Dechinta has been recognized nationally and internationally as a leading charity that recognizes the need to invest in the future of the north through empowering a culture of education and innovative initiatives that are results driven, land based and ensure relevant post-secondary education is accesible to all students choosing a unique ground breaking learning option.