Dechinta	
Vision
Dynamic, sustainable and self-determining
communities where human capacity is rooted
in indigenous knowle...
Dechinta	




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  a	
  single	
  semester	
  university-­‐credited	
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Why Dechinta 	?
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  NSERC-­‐SSHRC	
  2000	
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  on	
  Northern	
  Research	
  report	
  From	
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Why Dechinta 	?	
  
    There is a need to reduce the barriers between
        Northerners and university education


•   ...
Why Dechinta 	?	
  
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Dechinta Offers
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  University	
  Credited	
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Who would attend Dechinta?



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  who	
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  interested	
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  doing	
  a	
  semester	
  or	
  full-­‐y...
Dechinta Bush University	
   Dechinta courses will be delivered in a taiga bush
   environment. Field Schools boast higher...
Dechinta Bush University	
  




The Dechinta curriculum will be housed in a sustainable-
 off grid centre. A self-governi...
Dechinta Bush University	
  
         This community-based model
         supports a whole-person, healthy
         educat...
The Dechinta site offers…	
  
         •    Central	
  lodge	
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  commercial	
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  central	
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Dechinta                                             Curriculum	
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Dechinta	
                                          Program Description
                                   Pilot	
  Semest...
Dechinta                                             Pilot Goals	




• 	
  	
  Refine	
  co-­‐teaching	
  method	
        ...
Dechinta                                              Long Term	
  
• 	
  	
  Transition	
  from	
  single-­‐semester	
  
...
Dechinta                                         Benefits	
      How will Northern communities benefit?
Northern	
  commun...
Dechinta                         Benefits	
  
  How will Canada Benefit?

       Canada	
  will	
  benefit	
  from	
  havin...
Dechinta 	 Next Steps
• 	
  	
  Continued	
  Fundraising	
  

• 	
  	
  Continued	
  Curriculum	
  Development	
  

      ...
Dechinta Partnerships
The	
  University	
  of	
  Alberta-­‐	
  
Canadian	
  Circumpolar	
  Institute	
  and	
  Faculty	
  ...
Dechinta Contact

       Kyla	
  Kakfwi	
  Scott	
  
       Program	
  Manager	
  

       (867)	
  445-­‐1897	
  

      ...
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An Overview of Dechinta Bush University
Centre for Research and Learning

Northwest Territories, Canada

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  1. 1. Dechinta Vision Dynamic, sustainable and self-determining communities where human capacity is rooted in indigenous knowledge and values Mission To support a new generation of leaders and researchers by providing accessible and practical learning and development experiences, respectful of traditional ways, in a taiga bush environment
  2. 2. Dechinta •   Is  a  single  semester  university-­‐credited  program   •   Provides  university  level  experience  to  students  in  an   environment  that  respects  culture  and  northern  needs.   •   Provides  a  unique  land-­‐based  learning  opportunity  for  both   northern  and  southern  university  students  
  3. 3. Why Dechinta ? The  NSERC-­‐SSHRC  2000  Task  Force  on  Northern  Research  report  From  Crisis  to   Opportunity  urges  Canada  to  rebuild  its  university-­‐based  Northern  research   capacity  in  order  to  help  Northerners  cope  with  the  unprecedented  social,  physical   and  environmental  challenges  currently  facing  the  region.   The  report  calls  for  new  partnerships  between  universities  and  Northern   communities  and  the  direct  involvement  of  Northerners  in  research  and   training.   The  Recent  Northern  Policy  and   Governance  Conference  in  Yellowknife   made  4  key  recommendations,  one  of   which  was  to  increase  support  and   funding  for    Dechinta.  
  4. 4. Why Dechinta ?   There is a need to reduce the barriers between Northerners and university education • The  majority  of  Northern  high  school  graduates  do  not  pursue    postsecondary  education   •     Contributing  factors  include:     • The  cost  of  postsecondary  education   • Lack  of  confidence  /  fear  of  failure   • Distance  between  home  and  postsecondary  institutions   • Lack  of  support  for  students  away  from  home  and  family   • Family  obligations  and  responsibilities  
  5. 5. Why Dechinta ?   Within the Aboriginal population in the NWT: •     15.4%  hold  a  high  school  diploma   •     25.1%  hold  other  certificates  or  diplomas   •     4.6%  hold  university  degrees    (NWT  Bureau  of  statistics,  2004)   These  statistics  do  not  accurately  represent   the  highly  diverse  skill  set  and  true  capacity   of  northerners.    Unaccredited  expertise   within  the  Northern  population  exists  in   areas  such  as  land-­‐based  traditional   knowledge,  community  governance,   business  and  economy.  
  6. 6. Why Dechinta ?   •     There  is  a  need  for  a  university  that   will  respect  and  honour  Northern    and   Indigenous  knowledge  and  skills   •     There  is  a  need  to  create  a  university   environment  that  includes  land-­‐based   teaching  and  knowledge  in  the    Northern   context   •    There  is  a  need  to  increase  Northern   research  capacity.  
  7. 7. Dechinta Offers •   University  Credited  Courses,  developed  and  delivered  by  Northern  experts  ,   elders  and  leading  professors   •   Inclusive  programming  for  student’s  children  and  families   •   Land-­‐based  experiences  and   educational  opportunities   •   Environmental  monitoring  &   field  research  training   •   Leadership  development   and  mentoring   •   Youth  programming  
  8. 8. Who would attend Dechinta? •  Northerners  who  are  interested  in  doing  a  semester  or  full-­‐year  university   course   •   Northerners  who  are  interested  in  specific,  short,  intensive  courses   • Southern  and  Northern  business  and  community  leaders  who  want  to   foster  increased  understanding,  awareness  and  partnerships   •   Southerners  who  want  to  increase  their  awareness  and  understanding  of   the  challenges  and  opportunities  in  Canada’s  North   •   Researchers  doing  subarctic  and  arctic  research  
  9. 9. Dechinta Bush University Dechinta courses will be delivered in a taiga bush environment. Field Schools boast higher student success rates, provide integrated community and educational experience and are noted amongst students and teachers to offer life changing educational experiences.
  10. 10. Dechinta Bush University   The Dechinta curriculum will be housed in a sustainable- off grid centre. A self-governing community formed by students, professors and elders will engage in hunting, gathering and sustainable living practices under the guidance of resident Elders and experts.
  11. 11. Dechinta Bush University   This community-based model supports a whole-person, healthy educational experience for all participants. Child-care and family- living are an integral aspect of Dechinta, and complimentary programming will be offered for the families of our students.
  12. 12. The Dechinta site offers…   •  Central  lodge  with  commercial  kitchen,  central  meeting   room  for  45  and    a  number  of  "breakout"  learning  areas   •  3  types  of  all-­‐season  accommodation  for  50+  guests  (lodge,   cabin  and  tent  frame),  Dene  tipi  and  cultural  area.   •  Modern  conference  amenities  including  high  speed  wireless   internet,  satellite  and  Vonage  phone  system,  LCD  projector,   Northern  library  and  photo  collection.   •  Sustainable  Design  and  Systems:  Composting  Toilets,  Solar   energy,  battery  bank,  passive  solar,  compost,  garden  and   green  house.   •  Helipad,  2  summer  float  plane  landing  docks,  14  boats  and   motors,  5  snowmobiles,  canoes,  sea    kayaks  and  a  variety  of   four-­‐season  activity  equipment.     •  A  three  month  lease  at  cost  to  demonstrate  the   sustainability  of  a  permanent  community  owned  program.  
  13. 13. Dechinta Curriculum The  Dechinta  Curriculum  is  designed  to  give  students  a  strong  grounding  in   a  broad  range  of  Northern  issues  and  a  deep  understanding  of  how  those   issues  are  interrelated.   Traditional  Knowledge  will  be  inherent  in  every  course,   respecting  the  information  that  our  elders  hold  as  well  as   the  manner  in  which  they  share  it.    As  such,  a  key   component  of  the  curriculum  is  the  development  of   personal,  emotional  and  spiritual  attributes  as  they  pertain   to  leadership,  community,  respect,  cooperation  and  vision.   Each  student  will  be  paired  with  a  mentor  to  provide   support  throughout  the  duration  of  the  program  and   continued  guidance  following  program  completion.  
  14. 14. Dechinta Program Description Pilot  Semester:  16  Indigenous  Northern  Students   •   Land  Claims  and  Law   •   Journalism   •   Political  History   •   Self-­‐Governance   •   Language  and  Culture   •   Sustainable  Building  and  Energy   •   Environmental  Monitoring   •   The  North  in  a  Global  Context   •   Community  Research  Methods   •   Traditional  Nutrition   •   Boreal  Ecology   •   Mining  and  Exploration:   Business,  Environment  and   •   Creative  Writing   Regulation  
  15. 15. Dechinta Pilot Goals •     Refine  co-­‐teaching  method   •     Test  curriculum  content   •     Explore  Dechinta  site  suitability   •     Clarify  long-­‐term  goals   •     Provide  feedback  on  subject  matter  and  delivery  method  
  16. 16. Dechinta Long Term   •     Transition  from  single-­‐semester   program  to  multi-­‐level  delivery   •     Develop  research-­‐station   capacity   •     Maximize  opportunities  for   hosting  research  and  post-­‐ graduate  studies   •     Establish  independent  degree-­‐ granting  capability   •     Assume  ownership  and  control   of  program  site  
  17. 17. Dechinta Benefits How will Northern communities benefit? Northern  communities  will  benefit  from  increased  capacity  and  skill  level  of   community  members  who  attend  the  program   Northern  communities  will  see  more  university   graduates  and  increased  southern  awareness  of   Northern  and  Indigenous  issues,  values  and  culture.   Employment  will  increase  as  community  members   teach  and  lead  at  the  School.   Communities  will  play  a  key  role  in  designing  and   delivering  relevant  curriculum  and  teaching  methods   for  northern  and  southern  students  using  northern   expertise.  
  18. 18. Dechinta Benefits   How will Canada Benefit? Canada  will  benefit  from  having  quality  post-­‐secondary   education  focusing  on  northern  issues  from  a  northern   perspective.   Dechinta  will  support  dialogue  and  discussion  of   pertinent  domestic  and  international  policy.    Investment   in  northern  research  and  building  the  capacity  of   northerners  to  direct  their  own  research  and  policy  will   build  a  stronger  Canada.   An  increased  Canadian  awareness  of  Northern  and   Indigenous  knowledge,  leaders  and  thinkers  will  build   bridges  between  the  north  and  the  rest  of  Canada,   broadening  national  pride  and  putting  human  faces  on   northern  issues  on  a  global  level.  
  19. 19. Dechinta Next Steps •     Continued  Fundraising   •     Continued  Curriculum  Development   •   Language   •   Leadership   •   Governance   •   Land  Claims  and  Law   •   Land  and  Resources   •   Diversity  and  Change   •     Co-­‐teaching  Gatherings   •     Pilot  Semester  
  20. 20. Dechinta Partnerships The  University  of  Alberta-­‐   Canadian  Circumpolar  Institute  and  Faculty  of  Native  Studies   Walter  and  Duncan  Gordon  Foundation   INAC  SINED  Program   Institute  for  Circumpolar  Health  Research     (AHRN  YK)   Indigenous  Cooperative  on  the  Environment   Kopykat  North  
  21. 21. Dechinta Contact Kyla  Kakfwi  Scott   Program  Manager   (867)  445-­‐1897   dechintaadmin@gmail.com   www.dechinta.ca  

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