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 winter, Dechinta is pleased to offer four university-accredited courses and two practical land-based leadership courses.
Sustainable Communities: Indigenous Strategies for Sustainable Self-Determination
Community Based Health Promotion
Dechinta Core: Participatory Research and Self-Government in Action
“Our Land, Our Life”: Dene Self-Determination in Theory and Practice
Wilderness First Aid
Canadian Firearms Safety Course (Non-Restricted)
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.
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