Fish drying on wooden poles

Dechinta Community and Land-Based Research Semester - Blachford Lake Lodge and other sites in Yellowknives Dene Territory, Treaty 8, Denendeh (NWT)

INLB 310, INLB 401, INLB 452, INLB 450, INLB 320 | 15 Credits

About the program

Coursework: INLB 310 (3), INLB 401 (3), INLB 452 (3), INLB 450 (3), INLB 320 (3) - 15 credits

This semester is part of a unique partnership between First Nations and Indigenous Studies at UBC and the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, based on the traditional and unceded territory of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN), Denendeh. To complete the semester students must complete 15 course credits (one semester) in Indigenous Land-Based Studies. They will travel to Dechinta, where they will become immersed in transformative curricula that integrates leading-edge academic course instruction with land-based learning such as fishing, gathering medicine, and storytelling, according to Dene knowledge and tradition. All courses are co-led by a small team of academic and community faculty, including cultural experts, Dene Elders, and professors from academic institutions, including UBC First Nations and Indigenous Studies (FNIS).  The courses offer a combination of Indigenous land-based pedagogies and research methodologies, as well as academic literature, lectures, and discussion focused on some of the most pressing issues facing Indigenous peoples in northern Canada. Our approach is guided by the belief that Indigenous knowledge and practices of self-determination are central to current scholarly questions regarding our relationships to the land and one another. As a collaborative land-based initiative, the semester will support a new generation of students, researchers, and community leaders by providing practical learning experiences based in Dene epistemologies and enhanced through the highest level of scholarly instruction by faculty.


  • Gain an understanding of cultural, social, political and economic dynamics in Dene and other Indigenous communities in the North
  • Learn political and social strategies that promote decolonization and cultural self-empowerment on the land.
  • Students will be introduced to Dene land-based practices and the forms of critical knowledge associated with these practices.
  • Gain an understanding of the centrality of land to Dene identity, governance, economic development, and self-determination.
  • Learn introductory skills associated with boat safety, firearms safety, fish net preparation and setting, cleaning and drying fish, and medicinal plant use.

INLB 310 (3) Land and Indigenous Self-Determination: Advanced Theoretical Perspectives;

INLB 320 (3) Land and Indigenous Self-Determination: Advanced Methods and Application;

INLB (3) 401 Special Topics;

INLB 452 (3) Gender Justice and Indigenous Resurgence;

INLB 450 (3) Decolonizing Science and the Politics of Sustainability;

*The Indigenous Land Based Studies (INLB) courses are currently going through the curriculum process.  If they are not approved in time, students will receive credits for the following FNIS courses: FNIS 310 (3), FNIS 401 (3), FNIS 451 (3), FNIS 360 (6).  INLB courses will count toward the FNIS major and minor program requirements.  For more information please contact:

Professors: Yellowknives Dene Elders, Glen Coulthard, Associate Professor, FNIS, Arts and Leanne Simpson (PhD University of Manitoba) Independent Scholar

General timeline

September to November 2018.  Students will be on-site at Dechinta from mid-September to late-October. 


To be eligibly for the Semester, students must have completed 6 credits of FNIS course work or have permission of the instructors.  Prior to taking part in this program, students should also have a record of strong academic performance.

Please contact if you are interested in the program but do not belong to the above programs.

Program fees and costs

The program fee is $9,000.  Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee ($415) is in addition to the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program.

All qualifying students will receive a $1,000 Go Global Award.



The Dechinta program costs are paid directly to Dechinta:

Travel to and from Dechinta from Yellowknife

All accommodations at Dechinta

Travel that is related to the program

All excursions and day- visits 

All on-site academic and land based programming, guest lectures and workshops

All meals


The Go Global fee is paid directly to Go Global.


Flight to and from Yellowknife *


*UBC Tuition - Not included. Part of your costs

This amount will differ for domestic and international students. This amount will be assigned to you on the Student Service Centre (SSC) according to normal UBC tuition timelines. Read about tuition fees.

This amount is not determined or applied by Go Global.

All students participating in a Global Seminar will have tuition applied to their SSC account.

*Flights - Not Included. Part of your costs

Travel to Yellowknife is a separate cost.  You are responsible for arranging your own travel. You should not book your flight until you are notified to book. All Global Seminars only run if there is a minimum number of students enrolled.

*Incidentals - Not Included. Part of your costs

Some examples include: personal mobile communication, personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program, additional meals that are not already identified as part of the program fee, immunizations, Visas

Global Seminars refund policy

Adjustment on deposits

Students are eligible for an adjustment of their deposit under the following circumstances:

Withdrawal after acceptance in program

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $93.25 (ie: you receive a $656.75 credit)

Withdrawal within 7 days of deposit being posted on your SSC

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $321.75 (ie: you receive a $428.25 credit)

Withdrawal after 7 days of deposit being posted on your SSC

  • The deposit and all remaining program fees are completely non-refundable. Exceptions may be determined at the discretion of Go Global. 

Any funds allocated to students through the ARA program must be returned in their entirety.

Students who decide to withdraw their application must submit a request in writing by email to the Global Seminar Advisor at


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