Dechinta hosted a COVID-19 Webinar Series in the summer of 2020 to examine the risks of moving Indigenous land-based education online and offer possible solutions, mitigations or alternatives to carrying out immersive group learning in land-based education during the pandemic. We also created a report and toolkit to assist educators and students who are continuing their land-based programming during COVID-19.
We offer a variety of post-secondary courses and semester programs, the Dechinta Certificate for Research and Learning, options for degree bridging, and specialized language and culture programs.
We host research methods trainings, community ethics intensives, hold research partnerships with academic and community partners, and have our own Social Science and Humanities Research Council grants.
We put on governance trainings, cultural programming for youth, Elder’s workshops, arts and culture events, and support the creation of community-led programs that reflect the needs of Northern communities.
Dechinta’s program model combines research-informed teaching and community engagement to create a comprehensive Indigenous-led model for learning and innovation in the North
Who We Are
Dechinta is the Wıı̀lıı̀deh word for bush, or being in the bush. We imagine a future of cultural revitalization through a reconnection with the land. Dechinta delivers land-based programming including arts intensives, university accredited post-secondary programming, and non-credited intensives for students, professionals, and researchers working with Indigenous communities. All courses are led by Indigenous experts, professors, artists and knowledge keepers, rooted in Indigenous knowledge, practices, philosophies and ethics. We believe in supporting self-determining and sustainable Northern communities rooted in Indigenous Knowledge and values.
We are committed to supporting Indigenous self-determination. Through a community-centered approach, our programs build the educational capacity and create employment opportunities for students and youth in the North.