Recent Alumni


Thumlee Drybones-Foliot

Thumlee is part Denesuline from Yellowknives Dene First Nation as well as part settler. She is an alumni of Dechinta Winter/Spring 2016 and 2018 cohorts. Thumlee would like to continue her education with Dechinta because it enables her to live a balance of traditional and contemporary lifestyles in a healthy and positive way.

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Kynyn Doughty

Kynyn is a settler raised on the traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabe of the New Credit in Bolton, Ontario. Kynyn is completing an undergraduate degree at Quest University in Squamish, BC. Kynyn has recently completed the Dechinta Winter/Spring 2018 semester.


Lianna Rice

Lianna is a young Inuk woman from Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador with ancestral roots in Nunatsiavut, Labrador. Lianna is passionate about and advocates for youth empowerment. Indigenous right, cultural community, the protection of Indigenous lands, mental wellness, and suicide prevention.

Lianna’s advocacy is on multi-levels specifically on a local level through the Friendship Centre Movement and her Indigenous government to speaking at internal conferences such as the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues. Lianna strongly believes that the success and wellness of Indigenous youth can be achieved through access to Indigenized education.


Jasmine Vogt

Jasmine is a Tetlit Gwichi’in from Fort McPherson, NT. She also has family connections to the Delta and Sahtu regions. Jasmine was raised and currently lives in Yellowknife with her son Kurtis. Culture has always been a huge part of Jasmine’s life and she hopes to become more connected and learn about the land which is why she decided to attend Dechinta. Kurtis and Jasmine completed the Dechinta Winter/Spring 2018 semester together and are eager to come back again as learners in for the Fall.

Jamie Erasmus

Jamie is a Yellowknives Dene First Nation member from Yellowknife, NT. She completed Winter/Spring 2018 semester and is thankful that Dechinta supports brining her children so she can also learn and experience land based teachings with them. Jamie feels that it is very important to pass on traditional teachings to our children so that they can carry on Dene ways of life: love the land, the water and respect our Elders.


Savannah Sine Lantz

Savannah is a young queer leader who was born and raised in Somba K’e Denendeh. She is a Chipewyan Dene and a member of the Lutsel K’e Dene Band. Savannah has successfully completed two semesters at Dechinta and one year at the University of Alberta where she studied Native Studies. Savannah exhibit many leadership skills such as dedication and resilience. Savannah is eager to share and teach the newer generation of Indigenous youth and hopes to return to her community to share her new found knowledge.