DECHINTA

Centre for Research and Learning 

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Łiwe Camp: A Short Film About Fishing and Governance on Dene Land

We are so excited to announce the release of our short film documenting our 2021 łiwe (fish) camp at Dechinta. We have also created an accompanying fish camp ‘field guide’ that is available for download on our website. When used together, the film and this accompanying guide invite you to witness and learn from our 2021 winter Łiwe camp.

Dechinta is the only fully land-based university accredited program in the world, and the only program explicitly mandated to serve Indigenous people

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.

Education

Research

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.

Community

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.

As an organization we are: land-based & culturally informed, Indigenous-led & Northern focused, and family-oriented & gender-inclusive