Northern Institute of Social Justice

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Want training and education for jobs with a social justice-related component?

Drawing on the North’s leadership, unique values and diverse cultures, the Northern Institute of Social Justice delivers integrated training and education programs and encourages support for related research.

Program Description

The NISJ offers short training courses about issues that frontline workers and others encounter on the job. Instructors in these classes lead interactive sessions that focus on the essential information and address some best practices, strategies and practical tools for working with clients and others to address the issues.

Other NISJ courses focus on the impact of frontline work and some strategies and tools for self-care.

The NISJ also provides short courses on administrative justice for people appointed to boards and tribunals.  

Many of our courses are also open to the public.

New courses are developed and delivered every year. If you have course questions or ideas you want to discuss, we’d like to hear from you. Please get in touch.   

About NISJ


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 Northern Institute of Social Justice 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 encourage support for community leadership, capacity development, and transformation of service delivery.


The NISJ has two main purposes:

  1. To broker, consolidate, develop and deliver social justice-related training and education programs.  
  2. To encourage support for related research.

The institute is located in the Yukon College Ayamdigut Campus in Whitehorse, and works within the Yukon College structure, thereby providing access to College programs, expertise in program development and delivery, and partnerships with other colleges, universities and training organizations.

Currently, the institute is primarily Yukon-focused but has undertaken some pan-northern work and a pan-northern initiative is in development.


Interest in creating the institute grew out of discussions involving the Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. At that time, the other territories decided not to participate in the institute’s formation.  The Yukon, however, proceeded and will keep the door open for the future involvement of the other territories.  A pan-northern training initiative is under development.

The NISJ was created in January, 2010 in response to two primary challenges:

  • The difficulty that employers face in developing, retaining and attracting employees—from entry to senior levels—in jobs with a social justice-related component.  
  • Employees’ lack of access to Yukon-based training to enter those jobs or to develop careers. 

A 2007 analysis of the potential market in the Yukon for the institute showed that there were at least 1,390 jobs with a social justice component. This represents almost eight percent of the Yukon labour force. The jobs are found in many fields including corrections, counseling, education, justice, health, social services, wellness, regulatory enforcement, emergency services,  etc.


The institute is funded by the Yukon Government, Advanced Education Division of the Department of Education.  Yukon College provides office space, equipment and expertise.


Administrative Justice
Title Campus Scheduled
JUST 004 - Advanced Decision Writing
JUST 006 - Administrative Justice for Decision Makers (Practice & Procedure)
JUST 019 - Understanding Legislation
JUST 029 - Introduction to Arbitration Training
Health, Wellness, Trauma-Informed Practice
Title Campus Scheduled
ASIS 002 - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ASIS CE03 - Safe Talk
FASD 010 - FASD Informed Support
JUST 014 - Grief and the Frontline Professions Off-Campus
JUST 026 - Assisting Individuals in Crisis
JUST 031 - Group Crisis Intervention
JUST 034 - Mental Health First Aid Canada for Northern Peoples
JUST 035 - Self-Regulating Behaviour Using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
JUST 039 - Survival Skills for the First Responder
JUST 048 - Supporting Your Staff Through Loss and Grief
JUST 057 - Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth
JUST CE100 - Shine a Light on Dementia
JUST CE67 - Right Use of Power
JUST CE70 - Working with Trauma
JUST CE72 - A Wellness Day
JUST CE79 - Mindful Self-Compassion
JUST CE84 - Countries and Cultures - Celebrating Diversity
JUST CE85 - Mental Health Facilitator (MHF)
JUST CE86 - Conscious Aging: Aging with Passion and Purpose
JUST CE93 - Mental Health First Aid Seniors
JUST CE94 - Survival Skills for the Spouse/Partner of a First Responder
JUST CE98 - Compassion Informed Caregiving
JUST CE99 - Conscious Aging II: The Next Chapter - Explore and Develop Your Elder Role
Partner Courses
Title Campus Scheduled
JUST 036 - Vicarious Trauma Training
JUST 056 - Restorative Responses to Trauma and Adversity - IIRP
JUST CE100 - Shine a Light on Dementia
JUST CE66 - Crisis Response Planning
JUST CE68 - Working in Social Services: The Essential Skills
JUST CE73 - The Ethics of Helping - Boundaries and Relationships
JUST CE74 - Anxiety - Practical Intervention Strategies
JUST CE75 - De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations
JUST CE76 - Navigating Difficult Client Relationships
JUST CE77 - Lateral Violence - Working Towards Solutions
JUST CE81 - Challenging Behaviours in Youth
JUST CE82 - Motivating Change - Strategies for Approaching Resistance
JUST CE83 - Trauma - Strategies for Resolving the Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress
JUST CE87 - Critical Incident Group Debriefing
JUST CE88 - Violence Threat Assessment - Planning and Response
JUST CE89 - Depression - Practical Intervention Strategies
JUST CE95 - Brief Focused Counselling Skills - Strategies from Leading Frameworks
JUST CE96 - Addictions and Mental Illness - Working with Co-Occurring Disorders
JUST CE97 - Trauma Informed Care - Building a Culture of Strength
Yukon First Nations
Title Campus Scheduled
JUST 033 - Residential Schools Awareness
YFN 001 - Yukon First Nations 101 Online/Video, Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)