Join Dechinta staff, instructors, and YKDFN Elders for a unique educational experience offered in the remote wilderness of Denendeh at a sustainable eco-lodge. Courses which cover a wide range of critical northern issues have been developed by Northerners, for Northerners, and are accredited through the University of Alberta.
Dechinta also provides instruction in practical, land-based survival training, as well as instruction from Elders in areas such as trapping, fishing, harvesting, and moose hide tanning. Students will leave the onsite portion of the program with added confidence and new skills for being out in the bush, or for some, a deeper understanding of the history and contemporary society of the North. Students are encouraged to bring children onsite, and we at Dechinta are committed to providing certified childcare and the Dene Kede Curriculum for younger students in KidsU.
This Spring, Dechinta is pleased to offer five University of Alberta accredited courses:
Dene Self-Determination in Theory and in Practice
Community Governance, Research and Writing in Native Studies
Contemporary Indigenous Art
Dene Chanie Traditional Leadership Program*
*Tentatively offered as Professional Development Course
January 31st – Deadline for Applications
April 29th to June 17th – On-site Intensive Portion
April 29th to July 22nd – Total Program Length
June 17th to July 22nd – Final Presentation and Community Projects
Many employers will grant education leave for on-site time
Program and Tuition fees total about $8,000 for NWT students, and $16,000 for non-NWT students plus a $115 Admission Fee. Dechinta is eligible for regular education funding and student loans.
Apply now! Applying to Dechinta’s semester programs takes 2 steps.
If you would prefer to submit your application in another format (video, etc.), please make arrangements with us in your initial conversation. We will also provide support in writing your resume as needed.
Receipt of your application will be confirmed. We will contact you to set a time for a phone interview with our selection committee.
Admission will be based upon your application form, resume, references, and interview.