I just returned from a few days at Dechinta, the land-based centre for research and learning at Blachford Lake, Northwest Territories. If you haven't heard of Dechinta, let me try to explain it in an admittedly oversimplified way: Dechinta is a University of Alberta accredited program where students study issues and topics relevant to the NWT and Northern Canada in general, while at the same time practicing traditional land/water activities on a daily basis.
Many people have called Dechinta the "Bush University" but it's much more than that. The program helps students, many of which are from smaller communities in the NWT, discuss and understand complex issues about colonialism, resource development, socio-economics and politics in Canada's North. What's cool is that its done in a communal and open forum while completing traditional tasks as a group. Here are some photos from Dechinta's outcamp, where students stay for one week of the semester.
Big thanks to all of the students, instuctors and elders for having me along - and especially big thanks to Erin Freeland Ballantyne and Mandee MacDonald for organizing it.