Savannah Sine Lantz is a young queer leader who was born and raised by her mother Tanya Lantz in Somba k’e Denendeh. She is a Chipewyan Dene and a member of the Lutsel k’e Dene band. Savannah has successfully completed three semesters at Dechinta Bush University and one year at the University of Alberta where she studied Native Studies. Savannah is eager to share and teach the newer generation of Indigenous youth in the north, and hopes to return to her community to share her new found knowledge. Mahsi!
Nilh ta ents Myia Antone kwi en sna. tina7 chan Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Stá7mes úxwumixw. chen wa kwélulusnitúmi ti txwna7na.
Myia Antone is a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) woman, finishing her undergrad in Geography with a focus on Environment and Sustainability, as well as First Nations and Indigenous Studies. She is the proud daughter of Lauri and Willie Antone with many siblings of the human, animal and plant varieties. Dechinta is her last semester in her undergraduate degree, which is a very exciting but scary transition for her. Not entirely knowing what she will do next, she knows she carries generations of power, resilience, refusal, and Indigenous knowledge and will bring this to every situation that comes her way.
Kwe’ kwe’. Teluisi Megan Samms. Elitekey, elu’j. Ni’n Mi’kmaw elp Nlaka’pamux. Wejiey K’taqmkuk elp Atlin keskaqmikek. Nugumah.
Megan Samms was born in 1988 in K’taqmkuk, otherwise known as Newfoundland, and brought up on the Atlantic Coast between that island and the northern end of Baffin Island in a small (then) town called Nanisivik. After traveling Kanata extensively, Megan now spends her time in the West between her wildfire lookout in northern Alberta in Nēhiyaw / Cree, Treaty 8 Territory and Atlin / Taku River Tlingit Territory at her home. Megan is Mi’kmaq and Nlaka’pamux. Megan is a contemporary craftsperson – a weaver, sewer and natural dyer.
Coya is a Yellowknives Dene First Nation member through her Ama Gina MacLean. She is excited and ready to empower our Mother Earth and the next generation of our Elders.
Melissa is a queer settler student who is completing her degree in First Nations and Indigenous studies at UBC here at Dechinta. Melissa lives, worksw and plays in Vancouver but is from Ontario. This is her first time visiting Dene territory and she is grateful to have learned so much these past weeks. Mahsi cho!
Kyla Sedaya LeSage
Kyla belongs to the Vuntut Gwitchin of the Yukon and the Ojibway in Ontario. She is grateful to call Yellowknife her home where she was raised alongside her two siblings. Kyla is in her 4th year of university at UBC where she studies political science and First Nations Indigenous Studies. Kyla would like to extend a mahsi cho to the Yellowknives Dene and Dechinta for providing her with an incredible semester on the land.
Cheryl Mandeville & Dominic
Indigenous to Akaitcho Territory, Cheryl is a mother with a responsibility to my child and to this land and studying with her son at Dechinta is one way that she can ensure a future of health and a foundation of respect for the land and himself.
Jasmine Vogt & Kurtis
Kurtis and Jasmine are Tetlit Gwich’in from Fort McPherson but have spent a majority of their lives in Yellowknife. This is their second semester attending Dechinta and KidsU!
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.
Jill is a settler who makes her home with her partner and son in Somba K’e (Yellowknife) on Yellowknives Dene Chief Drygeese Treaty 8 Territory. This is her second semester attending Dechinta. She is proudly grateful to learn on and from Yellowknives Dene Territory and from the brilliant professors, elders, bush team, and students.
Andrea Tetlichi & Ryan
This is Andrea’s first time attending Dechinta, along with her son Ryan. She says she really enjoyed the program. She got to learn medicine, writing and speaking while being surrounded by the land, working with moose meat and sewing. Andrea says that being far from home was tough, but she completed this program for herself, her son, and her parents who taught her so much about the land and to who she is forever grateful each and every day. Andrea would totally recommend Dechinta to anyone who loves being outdoors and learning. “If you love the land as much as me and my son Ryan then this program is for YOU!!!”