Fall 2019

September 16-28 2019

Chief Drygeese Territory


Dechinta is an intensive on the land learning experience that exemplifies the value of cultural programming in education. Dechinta’s successful curriculum prioritizes community wellness and safety.


  • Fall 2019 will be a two courses in an intensive delivery format.

  • Maximum enrolment is 15 students.

  • This is family inclusive, with options for child and youth activities.


University of Alberta- Faculty of Native Studies

Two courses will be delivered through an intensive delivery format

NS 221- Self Determination in Theory and Practice

NS 280- Communicating Denendeh


Courses include land-based activities, such as harvesting medicines, making dry fish, learning to prepare and tan hides, as well as academic reading, writing and presenting.  


The entire program will take place on the land in a wilderness camping setting. 

Students will share tents heated by wood-burning stoves, and participate in land-based activities along with academic course work.


All programs include at least four Elder faculty and land-based professors. 

Dr Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Lianne Charlie will be joined by guest academic faculty including Dr Glen Coulthard. 




$2,000 Dechinta Program Fee

(including transportation to site, food, accommodations, some gear and all instructional material)

+ UofA  Tuition Fees of $1100

Non-refundable tuition deposit of $200 due when accepted to the program.

Scholarships and bursaries available!