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.                


Health, Wellness, Trauma-Informed Practice
Title Campus Scheduled
ASIS 002 - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), NorthLight Innovation
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 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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 Off-Campus
JUST 057 - Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth
JUST CE100 - Shine a Light on Dementia
JUST CE103 - Coping During Crisis Online/Video
JUST CE104 - Caregiving During Crisis Online/Video
JUST CE105 - Loss in the Workplace
JUST CE106 - Caregiving Through Loss and Grief - For Frontline Professionals and Family Caregivers Online/Video
JUST CE107 - Mindful Self-Compassion Online/Video
JUST CE109 - Aging Well in Uncertain Times: A Workshop on Continuity, Wisdom, and Contribution
JUST CE110 - Become Suicide Aware: Notice.Act.Connect Online/Video
JUST CE111 - Sit in My Puddle Online/Video
JUST CE112 - Talking Tough (Topics) Online/Video
JUST CE113 - Resiliency: The Art of Living, Working, and Connecting in Uncertain Times Online/Video
JUST CE114 - Responding with Resilience Online/Video
JUST CE119 - Wellness Strategies - Stress, Compassion Fatigue, and Resilience Online/Video
JUST CE122 - Age-ing to Sage-ing
JUST CE67 - Right Use of Power Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
JUST CE70 - Working with Trauma Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
JUST CE72 - A Wellness Day
JUST CE79 - Introduction to 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 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 CE102 - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Tools for Thinking Differently
JUST CE108 - Vicarious Trauma - Strategies for Resilience Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
JUST CE115 - Anxiety in Children and Youth - Practical Intervention Strategies
JUST CE116 - Peer Support - Equipping the Natural Helper Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), NorthLight Innovation
JUST CE117 - Building Resilience in Children - Creative Strategies for Helping Online/Video
JUST CE118 - Motivational Interviewing Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
JUST CE120 - Navigating Difficult Client Relationships Online/Video
JUST CE121 - Mental Health Concerns in Children and Youth Online/Video
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 - Dealing with Difficult People Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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 Online/Video
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 Online/Video
Yukon First Nations
Title Campus Scheduled
JUST 033 - Residential Schools Awareness
YFN 001 - Yukon First Nations 101 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video