Training and education for jobs with a social justice-related component

Drawing on the leadership, unique values and diverse cultures of the North, the Northern Institute of Social Justice focuses primarily on delivering short training courses and awareness sessions on a wide variety of topics.

Training courses

The Northern Institute of Social Justice (NISJ) works with local course developers and instructors from Yukon's private, public, non-government, and university sectors; and partners with other organizations to develop and deliver courses. Some of our courses include, but are not limited to, informed support for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), suicide intervention, trauma and vicarious trauma.

The NISJ collaborates with the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon (FASSY) to deliver FASD-Informed Support; and with Hospice Yukon to deliver Grief and Frontline Professions, a course for frontline workers; and Supporting Your Staff through Loss and Grief, a course for managers.  

Yukon University's First Nations Initiatives Department and NISJ partner to deliver the Yukon First Nation (YFN) 101 online course and the in-person classroom course to Yukon University staff and students, governments, businesses and the public; and to deliver YFN History and Cultures to the Yukon RCMP.  

The Government of Yukon’s Department of Health and Social Services (H&SS) and NISJ work together to deliver information and training to the public, using distance education technology to reach rural communities through community campuses. A Diabetes Workshop series has been delivered three times; and Shine a Light on Dementia, a six-week training program, was recently offered to people caring for loved ones with dementia. A second delivery is planned.

NISJ and the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI), based in Winnipeg, partner to offer a number of CTRI courses in the Yukon.

Program description

The Northern Institute of Social Justice (NISJ) focusses primarily on delivering short (two to five-day) training courses and awareness sessions on areas of interest to frontline staff and others in their work with clients, colleagues and communities.  

NISJ courses may include students who work in different fields and organizations and who have different education and community experience but have common interests or challenges and a common training need. The institute meets this need with courses in administrative justice, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder, loss and grief, mental health, regulatory enforcement, suicide intervention, trauma, vicarious trauma, and Yukon First Nations history and cultures, to name a few. Residential School Awareness sessions have been delivered to the public and are also provided to governments and organizations upon request.

Some NISJ courses are also delivered to classes that include both frontline workers and members of the public who have a personal or professional interest in a particular topic.

Instructors of NISJ courses lead short, interactive in-person classroom courses that focus on the essential information, strategies and practical tools for working with clients, colleagues and communities in a Yukon context.  

Upon request, the NISJ develops and delivers courses customized to meet organization-specific needs.                


Yukon First Nations
Title Campus Scheduled
JUST 033 - Residential Schools Awareness
YFN 001 - Yukon First Nations 101 Off-Campus, Online/Video