What Dechinta Offers

What Dechinta Offers

In Community, On the Land, For the Future

Sustainable Harvest

Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning is a northern-led initiative delivering land-based, University of Alberta-credited educational experiences led by northern leaders, experts, elders and professors to engage northern and southern youth in a transformative curricula based on the cutting-edge needs of Canada’s North.

The Dechinta experience is an educational experience like no other. Located off the grid in a remote eco-lodge accessible only by bush plane, snowmobile or dog team, learning from the land while living in community is central to the Dechinta experience. Gather under the northern lights to discuss Dene Political Theory around a fire. Ski or canoe to check fish nets, and gain hands on experience about ecosystems management. Collect medicines and learn regional history from expert elders. Contemplate the importance of land to community and life with a diverse group of students, volunteers and elders. Live in log cabins heated by woodstove, and enjoy amenities such as a sauna, hot tub, and organic gardens. Hunting, fishing and wild harvesting are integrated into the curriculum, led by dynamic and diverse faculty with direct experience in research and leadership in the subject areas.

Dechinta offers the opportunity to:

What does Dechinta offer that is not met by current educational institutions?

Sustainable Energy

Long-Term Goals

Formerly the Northern University Field School and Blachford Trust Initiative, Dechinta is a legacy project that demonstrates Canada’s commitment to the enhanced capacity and ability of Northern Peoples to fully participate in protecting arctic sovereignty through enhanced human capacity and northern involvement in international circumpolar leadership.