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Certificate in Dechinta Community and Land-Based Research

This certificate is part of a unique partnership between First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning. The certificate offers students an experiential, intensive land-based program in Denendeh (Northwest Territories). Students will be immersed in courses that integrate academic instruction with land-based learning such as moose hide tanning, fishing, gathering medicine, and storytelling, all according to Dene knowledge and tradition.

The Dechinta certificate is designed and delivered in collaboration with academic and community faculty, including Indigenous Elders, cultural experts, and UBC professors.

For information on the application process, students can visit

Admissions decisions will be based on student experience and interest in learning from the land. Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee made up of academic and community faculty.

Certificate Requirements

To complete the certificate students must complete 15 course credits at Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, including:

  • INLB 210 (3) or INLB 310 (3)
  • INLB 220 (3) or INLB 320 (3)
  • 9 credits of INLB courses or pre-approved courses in a related area of study.

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