Since 2010, the NISJ has built collaborative relationships with the Departments of Justice in the governments of Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut and with Justice Canada to undertake various projects. Two of the current initiatives are described below.
Community Development in Northern Canada: A Competency Approach – Online Module
The online module, described below, was developed by a pan-northern working group that included faculty of the School of Health, Education and Human Services, at Yukon College. It is now being delivered through the Northern Institute of Social Justice, which is part of Yukon College.
Community Development – A Competency Approach in Northern Canada, is designed for health and social service providers but will have value for those in any discipline working with communities to build capacity. This community development module contains a variety of learning activities to develop skills in the areas of:
- public health advocacy
- community engagement
- problem solving
- power relations
- conflict resolution
- participatory evaluation
- community asset mapping
- participatory action research
- sustaining community efforts and writing proposals
The module contains community development tools and resources with a focus on examples from Canada's North.
Registration is required in order to take the module, but during this introductory period, there is no registration fee. A small administrative fee will be introduced at a later date.
Essential Skills for Northern Victim Service Workers – Curriculum Development Project
Justice Canada is funding the development of curriculum for an online training program designed for victim service providers in Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. The development is led by a working group that includes the NISJ and the Departments of Justice in the governments of Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
The intent of the online training is to provide modules on topics of common concern to victim service providers across the north. As appropriate, each territory may supplement this with in-person classroom training that addresses territory-specific issues in providing services to victims.