Vision and Mission

The Northern Institute of Social Justice provides training and education for jobs that include a social justice-related component.


Northerners, working together, have solutions to the social justice challenges facing themselves and their communities.


Drawing on the North’s leadership, unique values and diverse cultures, the NISJ delivers integrated training and education programs and encourages support for related research in order to:

  • help employers develop, retain and attract a well-qualified workforce;
  • help individuals develop careers; and
  • provide tools to help support community leadership, capacity development, and transformation of service delivery.

Guiding Principles

Definition of Social Justice: There are many and diverse definitions of social justice. The NISJ defines it this way: social justice is a lens through which we see the challenges facing individuals, families and communities. Following from this, social justice is a way of responding to what we see that:

  • values working together to find solutions,
  • is grounded in reality, respect and resiliency, and
  • moves people from inequality to equality of opportunity and outcome.

A social justice approach promotes equity, fairness and inclusivity. It directs attention to the root causes of inequity and works towards systemic and institutional change by first strengthening, and then empowering, disadvantaged and vulnerable populations to address the social problems they experience.

The NISJ applies this approach by providing people with training, education and research–tools they can use for:

  • working through the challenges facing northerners, and
  • finding solutions that can move individuals, families and communities to equality of opportunity and outcome.

The following principles guide the Northern Institute of Social Justice in carrying out its work:

  1. partnerships and collaboration to support program development, delivery and research;
  2. respect for cultural diversity and unique knowledge and skills, innovation, and evidence-based practice;
  3. holistic and creative approaches to social justice as part of overall community wellness;
  4. programs that are relevant, accredited, recognized and transferable; and
  5. learner-centred and community- based approaches to program development and delivery.