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.
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.
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:
- To broker, consolidate, develop and deliver social justice-related training and education programs.
- 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.