Dechinta poised to become first “bush university” with degree-granting power

June 14, 2016

A learning centre located “off the grid” nearly 100 kilometres east of Yellowknife is poised to gain degree-granting authority, reports CBC. The “land-based” learning centre Dechinta currently offers credits for individual courses and a minor in Indigenous studies in partnership with other universities. But last week, NWT’s Department of Education, Culture and Employment stated that it was working on legislation that would allow the centre to grant degrees. Dechinta is also seeking guaranteed core funding instead of having to apply to the territorial government each year. The legislation would also apply to Yellowknife-based College Nordique, reports CBC. CBC