Dechinta Bush University Centre for Research and Learning
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17-mile freshwater lake, Boreal ecosystem adjacent to Great Slave Lake within unique geophysical rare-earth complex.
Yellowknife, (3 hrs snowmobile, 20 min. float/ski plane, 30 min helicopter)
Aboriginal Government/ Homeland
Chief Drygeese, Akaitcho Treaty 8 Yellowknives Dene First Nation Territory
Year-Round Research Station
Discontinuous Permafrost, Freshwater, Lake, Taiga / Boreal forest, Terrestrial
Main Research Disciplines
Anthropology, Archaeology, Astrophysics, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Biochemistry, Climatology, Environmental Sciences, Geology and Sedimentology, Geophysics, Geocryology, Geomorphology, Human Biology/Wellness, Hydrology, Limnology, Mapping/GIS, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Sociology, Soil Science, Terrestrial Biology/Ecology, Traditional/Aboriginal Knowledge
Dechinta is currently involved in multiple research projects, including digital economies, gaming and story-telling, knowledge economy, resiliency and health, land-based education impacts, Indigenous pedagogy,Indigenous Boreal Guardians, and sustainable remote development
Generator, Solar, Wind
Satellite phone, VHF, Internet, Computer, Printer/scanner, Fax
Access by skidoo, float or ski plane and helicopter from Yellowknife
Heated and un-heated storage available, including sample storage
5 Lodge rooms + 5 log-cabins (wood and pellet heat + electricity), winterized tent-frames x 15.
Full commercial kitchen with cook, large post-and-beam lodge, common facilities, dining room and break-out/classroom spaces.
Multi-purposes spaces and tent frames have been set up as mobile wet lab, dry lab and geophyisical lab
Diesel, Jet A + B and boat, skidoo and chainsaw gas/oil
All research in the NWT must be licensed in accordance with the Aurora Research Institute http://www.nwtresearch.com/, process of which includes permission process with the host First Nation YKDFN.
Special Rules and Regulations
Local External Resources
Weather station, sampling stores, experimental boreal and arctic permaculture greenhouses and food security projects, composting waste systems, Elder Professors and experienced guides
Nearest Medical Service
WFA on-site, emergency response coordinated on-site to Yellowknife (30min)
Boreal Bush environment. Recommended that all researchers have predator defense, or work with an assigned wildlife monitor during field work. Mandatory compliance with safety plans and facility guidelines.
Scaling rates depending on accommodation and facility requirement starting at basic room and board + additional for equipment, guides, etc., as needed
Post and Beam Lodge 5 bedrooms, 3 lounges/classrooms, large conference room, offices, composting toilet, solar/wind, on-demand hot-water and laundry, 5 log cabins with full electricity, 15 tent-frames, lab additional accommodation. 45 in the winter 100+ in the summer months. 12 aluminum boats, dog team, skidoos. Organic gardens, sauna, hot tub, tee-pees, canoes, kayaks, helipad and float and ski plane access. Open all seasons. Large populations of bear, moose, loons and other small mammals and waterfowl.