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Community

2021 Community Programs

SOLIDARITY BOOK CLUB

The Dechinta Solidarity Book Club was founded with the intention of creating a community to discuss how the work of BIPOC writers has changed and influenced how we understand and think about the world around us. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it provides an informal education opportunity for folks from across Turtle Island to connect in an online community and learn from and with one another. 

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ONGOING COVID-19 PROJECT

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dechinta partnered with the Mastercard foundation to build educational capacity and employment opportunities amidst the limitations of the pandemic. This work has involved: producing resources of multi-generational language use and sharing, producing instructional videos on various topics, distributing land-based education resources material to encourage safe access to land, and increasing the amount and diversity of food available to communities among other things. 

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Dechinta also hosted a COVID-19 Webinar Series in the summer of 2020 to examine the risks of moving Indigenous land-based education online and offering possible solutions, mitigations or alternatives. These webinars can be viewed on our website at here or on our youtube channel here

We also created a report and toolkit to accompany this webinar series. You can download it here.

FEEDING OUR FIRES: NORTHERN INDIGENOUS VOICES ON LAND AND LIFE

Led by editors Kyla LeSage, Thumlee Drybones-Foliot and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, this book project will be hitting the shelves across Canada as part of ARP Book’s Spring 2022 catalogue. The project began during the pandemic with a series of writing workshops with Leanne for northern Indigenous emerging writers. Kyla and Thumlee reached out to northern Indigenous writers through an open call for submission on social media.  Leanne did a series of interviews with artists and musicians including Jeneen Frei Njootli, Inuksuk McKay, Tiffany Ayalik, Elisapie, Asinnajaq and Beatrice Deer. The book is a beautiful collection of writing from emerging and established writers including Leela Gilday, Katłįà Lafferty, Táncháy Redvers, Chloe Dragon Smith, Dian Million, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Angela Code, Siku Allooloo, Lianne Charlie, Kristen Tanche, Jennie Vandermeer, Antionne Mountain, Brenda Dragon and many, many more!