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RECODE Webinar: In conversation with Dechinta

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Wednesday, November 2 at 12pm (EDT)
Webinar with Erin Freeland Ballantyne, Executive Director of the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning—a northern-led initiative delivering land-based, University of Alberta-credited educational experiences led by northern leaders, experts, elders and professors. Located at Blanchford Lake in the Northwest Territories, Dechinta engages northern and southern youth in transformative curricula based on the needs of Canada's North.

On the webinar Erin will discuss Dechinta's educational program, how they've developed over time, and the future of higher education in the Northwest Territories.

More info: http://www.re-code.ca/en/whats_happening/179
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/190259469

Wednesday, November 2 at 12pm (EDT)
Webinar with Erin Freeland Ballantyne, Executive Director of the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning—a northern-led initiative delivering land-based, University of Alberta-credited educational experiences led by northern leaders, experts, elders and professors. Located at Blanchford Lake in the Northwest Territories, Dechinta engages northern and southern youth in transformative curricula based on the needs of Canada's North.

On the webinar Erin will discuss Dechinta's educational program, how they've developed over time, and the future of higher education in the Northwest Territories.

More info: http://www.re-code.ca/en/whats_happening/179
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/190259469

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RECODE Webinar: In conversation with Dechinta

  1. 1. Bush UniversityCentre for Research and Learning
  2. 2. Why Dechinta? 18.8% of NWT Aboriginal Residents have a high school diploma. 4.7% Have a university degree Non-Aboriginal: 24.4% Highschool, 32.2% hold a degree.
  3. 3. Dechinta The majority of Northern graduates do not pursue postsecondary education Dechinta asked: Why? lack of support for kids removal from cultural community and context no options to study what matters no guidance and support lack of confidence
  4. 4. So we asked.. What would your ideal education experience look like? On the Land. With Families. Critical Northern Issues. Skills and Knowledge you can use now, or build a degree with. Co-Taught by Elders, Professors, Leaders, Experts. We designed it, and delivered it.
  5. 5. Dechinta Offers Full minor Indigenous and Northern Governance or original university accredited programming, expanding to a full degree ( U of A, McGill, UBC) Master’s and Professional Development Courses Inclusive programming for students and their families at KidsU
  6. 6. What Students say ‘transformative’ ‘healing’ ‘life-changing’ ‘For the first time, I have a voice” -Crystal Menicoche
  7. 7. What the country says "Dechinta Bush University near Yellowknife, which is reshaping postsecondary education by integrating academic courses with traditional knowledge.” -Globe Cover Story See the world. But see Canada too -Globe Editorial Indigenous Partners, Not Prisoners -Globe Editorial TOP TEN
  8. 8. 5 years of ongoing evaluation and data: • 100% of Semester program graduates are either pursuing further post- secondary studies or working • 306 students: ZERO DROP OUTS • Oversubscribed, Underfunded 94 applications for 30 spots 2014-15 What the evidence says
  9. 9. Why does supporting northerners with degrees matter?
  10. 10. Degrees of Success Education level attainment is the most significant co-determinant of health outcomes, poverty alleviation and increased earnings. Labor market growth is largely driven by the number of undergraduate degree holders. When Indigenous women have degrees, unemployment decreases to 5% from 20% Between 2x as many jobs created for university graduates than for college diploma and trade certificates combined 2009-2014
  11. 11. Dechinta is Building a Knowledge Economy in the NWT 5M/YR core funding 440 Aboriginal university graduates by 2020 The leading global circumpolar northern and Indigenous Governance degree program and research centre Semesters in every region: robust sustainable economic development 158 new regional jobs This year 23 seasonal, 3 FT Employees from 4 NWT regions, 5M investment since 2010 Hundreds of proud, capable skills NWT citizens, living and working in a thriving NWT.
  12. 12. Dechinta Partnerships
  13. 13. Dechinta www.dechinta.ca @dechintau

Editor's Notes

  • 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

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