uAlberta students learn from the land in NWT

September 25, 2013

The University of Alberta has signed an MOU with NWT-based Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, a land-based PSE institution, which will allow students to take courses that combine academic tradition with land-based Indigenous knowledge. uAlberta faculty, alongside elders and northern experts, teach critical northern issues such as Indigenous political theory, economic development, sustainability and decolonization; students also learn valuable wilderness and survival skills. Dechinta students can use the accredited courses towards a degree at uAlberta, and uAlberta students can take the optional courses to enhance their own degrees. Courses are taught at Blachford Lake Lodge, east of Yellowknife, a site only accessible by snowmobile, dog team, or bush plane. uAlberta News