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Fees and Logistics

Tuition and Scholarships

Our accredited courses are offered in partnership with the University of British Columbia. The tuition fees for our courses are set by the University of British Columbia and can range from $500 to $700 for each course, depending on the length of the course and the location where it is delivered. Dechinta also charges a program fee for all of our accredited courses. These fees cover the costs of books, accommodations, food and program supplies.

What is Included in Dechinta Program Fees? 

  • Up to 5 courses facilitated by Elders, leading Indigenous professors and northern experts

  • Books and supplies

  • Guest speakers, expert visiting professors, mentors and researchers

  • Food and accommodations

  • Full access to all site amenities (i.e., motorboats, canoes, skidoos, and safety gear)

  • Camping gear

What is Not Included in Dechinta Program Fees? 

  • University of British Columbia Tuition Fee

  • Necessary personal outdoor gear

  • Transportation to and from location of program (funding for travel may be available through Student Financial Assistance for northern students)

We understand that not all students can afford these tuition fees. As an organization, Dechinta strives to make education accessible to all northern students. We offer a comprehensive scholarship and bursary program, as well as financial support for students who apply for funding. Please contact us if you wish to attend Dechinta but feel that the tuition costs are preventing you from doing so. We will do our best to offer financial assistance as we believe that all students should have access to our programs.

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In order to complete your application for Dechinta, you will need to do the following: 

  1. Download and complete the UBC application form on our website 

  2. Submit a copy of all highschool and previous post-secondary transcripts, including from current institution if applicable. 

  3. If currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution, you must also get a letter of permission to attend Dechitna from your current program. 

  4. Complete the Dechinta application form on our website, attaching your UBC application form and transcripts to the application

How to Apply

Applications for our programs are available on our website a few months prior to the beginning of the course date. You can apply for our upcoming summer 2023 program here. The dates and locations of our courses vary every year, but you can expect the following for application dates:


  • To apply for a course in our Winter semester (March/April), applications will be open on our website September 4th of the preceding year and the application deadline will likely be on October 5th

  • To apply for a course in our Summer semester (May/June), applications will be open on our website January 16th of the same year and the application deadline is February 17th

  • To apply for a course in our Fall semester (September), applications will be open on our website April 17th of the same year and the application deadline is May 5th

We also have a ‘general Dechinta application’ on our website that you can submit an application to at any point in time. If you submit a general application, rather than applying to a specific program, you will be contacted when applications for the next program open to discuss your application and availability. You can apply using our general application form here.

If you would like to register your children in our Dechinta Godzèa program so they can attend the Dechinta course with you, we will arrange their attendance as we finalize your application process.

For more information on our programs and how to apply, please contact us at

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How to Prepare for a Program

To prepare for your Dechinta course, be sure to do all the required assignments and readings that have been assigned by your instructors. We also have suggested packing lists that give you an idea of what you should bring. 

If you have any questions about the academic component of your program, be sure to email your instructor or teaching assistant (which will be in your course package). If you have questions about travel, accommodations, childcare, and anything else related to camp life, please reach out to:

Summer Packing List

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What to Expect at a Dechinta Program

Day-to-Day: The days you spend at a Dechinta camp will involve a combination of classroom activities (like lectures, workshops, discussions, and creative work)  and land-based activities. Our programs and daily activities are deeply influenced by the weather, harvesting, and the seasons, and we are always open to what the land may want to teach us on any given day. 


Staying Overnight: Depending on the course you are in, you may have an option to return home at the end of the day, however most of our programs are grounded in creating a community on the land where everyone lives together for the duration of the program.  Dechinta provides canvas wall tents, cots and/or foamies,  sleeping bags, firewood, and food. Our staff are onsite at all times to ensure you are able to stay safe  and warm at camp. 


Camp Governance: With the recognition that governance is a shared practice, we will begin our time together by establishing our shared governing principles as a community that will live, work, and learn together during our time on site. In order to agree on how to live together, we first need to learn about principles of consent, self-determination, personal freedom, and group accountability. Without a shared understanding of these values, community life can be much more challenging. Our first lessons on site will be about consent and self-determination, and how these principles can work to enable both personal freedom and group accountability. Together, we will create a set of shared guidelines to help us live together well during our time on site.


Community Life: When we are on the land, we are all learners, and we are all seeking out how to best contribute positively to our families, communities and nations. We want everyone to have the opportunity to chop wood, gather water, build fires, assist with childcare, hunt, fish, collect medicines, make tools, tan hides, cook, participate in ceremony and learn language. Some of us will naturally gravitate towards certain activities more than others, and there are many good ways to contribute positively to community life. We strive to create a gentle, kind, caring, empathetic, and respectful community when we are together. We are dedicated to helping and supporting each other.

Evaluation/Grading: In addition to the academic readings and assignments, 50% of the marks for most of our Dechinta courses is based on your participation at Camp. The land-based practices and Dene Knowledge you learn on the land will be evaluated by Dene Elders and Dene Knowledge Holders in conversation with the academic work assessed by the instructional team. Students are expected to show up, work hard and participate fully in camp activities. Respectful interpersonal interactions are a key part to healthy and fulfilling camp life. Co-created camp guidelines will shape camp interactions and expectations, including respectful and reciprocal interactions with Elders and Knowledge Holders, other students, staff, and community members in ways that honor their protocols, ethics, practices, values, procedures, processes, protocols and ways of expressing and embodying knowledge. To get the most out of your land-based experience, you must be present and work hard.

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