CBC News, Jun 29, 2011
Prince William and Kate’s trip to Yellowknife next week will include a tour of the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, a “bush university” that combines academia and aboriginal knowledge in a northern wilderness setting.
The royal couple will travel by float plane to the Blachford Lake facility on Tuesday afternoon, following a packed day of activities in the Northwest Territories capital.
Following their 20-minute flight to Blachford Lake Lodge, where most of Dechinta’s programs are offered, William and Kate will be given an opportunity to try moosehide tanning and fish drying, as well as meet with Weledeh Dene elders, according to centre officials.
“We’ll start with a language lesson,” Kyla Kakfwi Scott, Dechinta’s program director, told CBC News. [link]
Dechinta sadly announces the passing of our cherished Elder Professor, Mary Barnaby. Along with her daughter, Judy Lafferty, Mary led the moosehide tanning component of Dechinta course “Our Land, Our Life”: Dene Self-Determination in Theory and in Practice. Patiently teaching new generations the commitment and hard work required of the tanning process, Mary led by quiet and firm example. Born at Dawson, Yukon, Mary raised her family on the land and later in Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories. Her guidance and presence will be missed, and her memory will be honoured by all of us at Dechinta. Mahsi cho, Mary, for all that you have shared with us and our children.
Dechinta’s Kyla Kakfwi Scott joined with other Aboriginal leaders on May 11, 2011 for a roundtable discussion on Aboriginal land-based and/or culturally-focused education innovations. The panel was hosted by the Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, a new open network to promote giving, sharing, and philanthropy in Aboriginal communities across the country.
A PhD Student is required for a 1-3 year commitment to assist with tasks and activities associated with a SSHRC-funded research project focused on developing an institutional structure for a land- based university. Students with research interests and background in the areas of Indigenous education and governance, decolonization theory and methodologies, policy analysis, institutional development, Northern studies, cultural anthropology, public health, development studies, and indigenous research methods are encouraged to apply.