Fish Camp 2022

Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning is excited to host our 3rd Fish Camp from March 12-18, 2022. We want to encourage folks to get out on the land, and learn the language, culture and history from our community experts in the Dettah, Ndilǫ, and Yellowknife area. 

The Rainbow Coalition first hosted fish camp in winter of 2019, creating a space for safe access to cultural programming for 2SLGBTQIPA+ youth. Dechinta was first invited to collaborate in 2020, and Łiwe camp has grown over the years, becoming a space for the creation of new relationships, and partnerships. Each year we work to create more opportunities to be on the land, building relationships with individuals and organizations, learning from Dene Elders, and practicing Dene Laws on the territory of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. While camp grows and changes, we remain committed to creating more spaces and opportunities for 2SLGBTQIPA+ youth to access programming, and working hard to ensure Łiwe camp safe space where we can all share what we have. 

Daily Fish Camp Schedule (March 12-18)

Fish Camp Runs Monday-Saturday (No Camp on Sundays)

10:00am: Pull Fish Nets, followed by camp activities

1:00pm: Pull Fish Nets, followed by camp activities

We are committed to the sustainable capacity-building of communities

We create curriculum in collaboration with Northern Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Holders


If you want to attend our fish camp, please fill out the following covid waiver before arriving! You can also do it while you are on site. 

More Info Below!

What do we do at camp?

We would like to invite the community of Yellowknife to come help pull nets, make dry fish, and cook on the fire with Yellowknives Dene land-based experts from the community of Dettah and Ndilo, to learn about the importance of being on the land together in community. Please provide your own helmet if you wish to join our bush professors in checking the nets by snowmobile. The camp will be open to the public from 10am-3pm Monday-Saturday. Hot coffee, tea, and soup will be served daily.


Where is camp?

This year, the camp will be located at HMCS Mackenzie Island in the Chief Drygeese Territory, the unceded territory of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation.

The Fish Camp will be set up on the east point of the HMCS Mackenzie island. To get to the camp, follow the ice road to Dettah, and take the Nechalacho ice road.

There will be signs along the ice that will take you to the HMCS Mackenzie Island where we will have a kitchen, and multiple tents set up for teaching and gathering.

We are thankful for the Chief and Council of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation for continuing to allow us to use the site at HMCS Mackenzie Island to provide programs like this that give community members the opportunity to access the lands and waters. Please be respectful of the waters and do no speed or litter on the ice roads.

Who Do We Contact for More Info? 

If you work with youth, an organization, or a group that you would like to bring out to fish camp and have the opportunity to help pull the nets and learn from the community who work with Dechinta, please contact to schedule a session with our staff!

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