Dechinta Bush University Centre for Research and Learning


Dechinta Bush University Centre for Research and Learning is a land-based university located on the Chief Drygeese Territory at a remote eco-lodge accessible only by bush plane, snowmobile or dog team. Since 2009 Dechinta has been making great efforts to provide a decolonial method to post-secondary programming using a rigorous land-based pedagogy. Our programming is led by elders, community leaders and leading professors from our partnering universities at the; University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, and the University of McGill. Conduct your own research while hunting, fishing and wild harvesting led by a dynamic and diverse faculty, and become part of a self-governing sustainable community. 

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Facts and figures

Year Established 2010
Total Number of Staff 11
Number of Academic Staff 6
Number of Students 250
Focus Areas
  • Dechinta offers university-accredited courses and land-based educational learning opportunities that are not currently accessible in the north.
  • Community and family-living are an integral aspect of Dechinta, with our Kids "U" program, child-care is free.
  • Learn about the environment, politics, and history of Denendeh / Northwest Territories from Indigenous experts, leading professors, local leaders, and elders in a co-teaching environment
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