Dechinta is seeking a certified teacher as well as volunteers to support Dechinta Kid’s U. University students from across the north are welcomed to bring their families to Dechinta’s land-based semesters where Dechinta offers an integrated outdoor education experience for students’ children.
The suitable candidate would have experience or a dedicated interested in outdoor and land-based education. They would be responsible for supporting 9 learners aged 6-10 to engage in their classwork. The Kid’s U Teacher will collaborate with the Dene Kede instructor, elders and programmers to coordinate Kid’s U activities on-site. Suitable candidates who can only be present for partial times will be considered.
The new scholarship for members of YKDFN, in the amount of $5,000 granted three times annually, is part of an effort to increase community engagement in the Chief Drygeese Region of Akaitcho/Treaty 11. Students from the two communities of N’Dilo and Dettah can now apply for the scholarship when enrolled in one of Dechinta’s land-based, university-accredited semesters
Dechinta’s program delivery model ensures that students are on the land with local Elders and leading academic instructors during the best seasonal opportunities for land-based activities. Whether this means mid-late spring for optimum trapping and ice fishing, or during the crisp fall seasons that the north is renowned for while picking low bush cranberries and checking fish nets, students can be guaranteed an authentic, place-based educational experience which focuses on critical northern issues.
engages both northern and southern youth in an experiential university curriculum led by northern leaders, experts, elders, and professors. Dechinta focuses on building dynamic, sustainable, and self-determining Northern leaders and communities who are rooted in indigenous knowledge and values.
Dechinta is currently overseen by a small Board of Directors who are continuing to build the organization. This includes the recruitment of full and part-time staff. In order to sustain this growth, Dechinta is seeking additional board members who can regularly contribute to a diverse range of board activities. You may be or know someone who might be interested in joining our organization as a potential new board member.
Courses at bush school accredited through University of Alberta
Northern News Services
Published Tuesday, July 2, 2013
NWT’s “bush university” has been offering University of Alberta accredited courses for three years, but on Thursday the two schools’ partnership was finally formalized.
“We’ve been common-law for a while now and now we’re making it official,” Erin Freeland Ballantyne joked. She’s the founder of the school and currently sits on the board of directors.
Ballantyne presented University of Alberta representative Brendan Hokowhitu with a gift followed by an embrace on the rooftop of the Doug Bryan Building in Old Town. Afterwards they proceeded with a more “colonial” symbol of alliance, the signing of a memorandum of understanding. [read more]
We would like to congratulate Dechinta Faculty and Advisory Circle Founding Member Dr. Lois Edge for her appointment as Nexen Chair in Indigenous Leadership at Banff Centre.
Lois Edge received her PhD in Educational Policy Studies with a specialization in Indigenous Peoples Education from the University of Alberta. Her doctoral research considers the relationship of participation in traditional cultural activities, such as beadwork, to Indigenous identity, lifelong learning and well-being. Her work in the fields of Indigenous education and Aboriginal health includes participation in several Indigenous knowledge research initiatives involving collaboration with Aboriginal community members, Indigenous knowledge holders and multiple stakeholders. Lois is Academic Coordinator with the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research at Athabasca University. She is a Gwich’in/Cree Métis from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.
More information on the appointment can be found here.