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Northern Institute of Social Justice

Northern Institute of Social Justice
Yukon College
Box 2799, Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 5K4
t. 867.456.8590; toll-free 1.800.661.0504
f. 867.668.8814

Program Description

The Northern Institute of Social Justice (NISJ) opened in January, 2010. It is located at Yukon College in Whitehorse and is a part of and works within the Yukon College structure. The institute provides training and education for jobs with a social justice-related component in several fields in:

  • Public and First Nation governments,  
  • Non-government organizations, and  
  • Businesses.

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


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.


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 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 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 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.


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Tuition and Fees.

Ancillary Fees pdf 21 KB


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


The NISJ develops and delivers training on an on-going basis in response to identified needs and requests. Information about such training is available through the College website and by calling the NISJ.

Training programs delivered by the NISJ include, but are not limited to the following non-credit courses:

Accommodating for the Challenges of FASD (three training streams); completion of Core Competencies for Understanding FASD is a pre-requisite for entering any of the following training streams:
     - Accommodating for the Challenges of FASD - Justice, Safety & Protection Services;
     - Accommodating for the Challenges of FASD - Education & Training Services; and,
     - Accommodating for the Challenges of FASD - Health, Wellness, Social, and Human Services

Administrative Justice – Practice and Procedures for Decision Makers (pre-requisite for Advanced Decision Writing)

Administrative Justice - Advanced Decision-Writing

Administrative Justice – Understanding Legislation and Regulations

Arbitration Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST)

Core Competencies for Understanding FASD (this is a pre-requisite for any of the training under Accommodating for the Challenges of FASD)

Core Competencies for Understanding FASD - Training for Trainers

Group Crisis Intervention

Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support

Loss, Grief and Healing in the Workplace - Practical Tools for Managers

Loss, Grief and Healing in the Workplace - Practical Tools for Frontline Staff

Managing Response to Threat and Aggression

Managing Response to Threat and Aggression - Training for Trainers

Mental Health First Aid for Northern People

Policing and Justice Careers Orientation Program

Regulatory Enforcement Compliance Training:
     - Level 1
     - Level 2

Residential School Awareness Program

Trauma Training (various programs)

Vicarious Trauma Training

YFN 101:  History of Yukon First Nations and Self-Government