My Yellowknife Now 16 November 2015
The NWT’s Dechinta Bush University has signed a partnership deal with the University of British Columbia (UBC).
Dechinta is a land-based Aboriginal learning centre offering programs of around three months in length, combining traditional knowledge and skills with academic studies.
Now, after five years in existence, Dechinta will receive part-time faculty support from UBC.
Edge 11 August 2015
According to Erin Freeland Ballantyne, Dechinta’s dean, the land-based school is still in “ongoing talks” with the GNWT to be recognized as an accredited, degree-granting institution.
“That conversation is getting bigger in the GNWT, and support for that conversation is ongoing,” said Freeland Ballantyne, before adding: “We’re definitely going to push to make this an election issue.”
On the table is the Dechinta University Act, which Freeland Ballantyne hopes will be passed by the new legislative assembly. If passed, the act would recognize Dechinta as a degree-granting university.
It’s a move that Freeland Ballantyne believes is necessary for North’s future.
Northern Journal 10 August 2015
First Nations students from across the North are training to become leaders in land protection and management as part of a new pilot program in the NWT.
The Indigenous Boreal Guardians training program launched last week at the Dechenla Lodge in the Mackenzie Mountains near the Yukon-NWT border and will finish next March at the Dechinta Bush University Centre for Research and Learning.
Nine students are currently enrolled in the program, learning core skills needed to work with government and industry on land use planning and protection, and in the assessment, development, management and monitoring of resource projects.
Northern Journal 20 July 2015
A new postsecondary course is exposing a pilot group of nine NWT teachers to a political, cultural and historical overview of the North with the goal of creating a more supportive learning environment in K-12 classrooms across the territory.
The two-week intensive, which wrapped up this month at the Dechinta Bush University Centre for Research and Learning, brought together a mix of teachers, curriculum developers and Aboriginal language coordinators from across the NWT to learn best practices for teaching in the unique context of the North and inspire ways of bringing community and land-based resources into the classroom.
Co-organized by the department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) and Dechinta, the course recently brought the mix of adults and their kids out on the land at Blachford Lake Lodge and connected them with Aboriginal leaders, elders and instructors while providing them with an accredited Master’s-level course to advance their post-secondary education level.