“It is imperative that Canadians awaken to the long overdue policy changes affecting First Nation Communities and Canada today”. - Janice Makokis

Janice Makokis

Truth and Reconciliation, Aboriginal and First Nation Expert

Janice Makokis, the youngest of the Makokis family, is an acting lawyer and consultant that is fresh from participating in legal matters relating to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Canada. Janice has Co-Chaired the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus (NAIPC) at the United Nations on the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

She started her education by achieving a Bachelor of Arts the University of Alberta, graduating with First Class Honors in Native Studies (2005). She later went on to the University of Victoria achieving a Masters in Arts in Indigenous Governance (2010). Janice Makokis also attended the University of Ottawa (Faculty of Law), achieving a Bachelor of Laws (2010).

Before becoming a lawyer, Janice Makokis traveled extensively across Canada, including in the far North, researching the issues affecting indigenous people in Canada today. She continues to represent First Nation Communities by dedicating her work to implement strategies and policies to rebuild, instill and grow First Nation Communities within Canada and North America.

Janice is often called upon to help Indigenous leaders and communities as a consultant on legal and social issues that many communities and individuals face within and outside of the aboriginal community. She has also overcome many obstacles to arrive where she is today.  Her drive and passion for real change within Canada has taken Janice Makokis on a path to become a leader, peaceful activist, mediator, teacher, consultant, and role model within and outside of her career. She now focuses her career as an advocate for aboriginal rights, education of the white population, social justice and acknowledgment for the past and current treatment of aboriginals today.

Janice Makokis represents real change for aboriginals and Canadians, that so many individuals and communities are seeking for. She also has extensively worked with youth throughout her career and expresses the same passion and responsibility to aboriginal youth as her brother James.

Janice Makokis’ life work will leave your group with new understandings, perspectives and commitments towards the advancement of First Nation Peoples in Canada, today and for the future.

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Janice’s life work and presentation will leave your group with new understandings, perspectives and commitments towards the advancement of First Nation Peoples in Canada, today and for the future. “It is imperative that Canadians awaken to the long overdue policy changes affecting First Nation Communities and Canada today”.  How does your organization adjust it's policies and approaches to engender genuine partnerships with Aboriginal People? Which "Calls to Action" of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission apply to your group.  How? Janice Makokis will customize her presentation to meet your specific needs. She is in demand as speaker across Canada. She can authoritatively give either a keynote and/or a workshop on this topic.

There are many legal issues today that apply to dealing with Aboriginal Peoples. Canada's recent adoption of the United Nations Bill of Rights for Aboriginal People is only the beginning. Treaty rights, unresolved land claims, governance issues and many more affect just about every aspect of the lives, livelihood and outreach programs of government agencies and industries wanting to do business on Reserves today.

It takes political resolve to help repair the damage caused by residential schools. What needs to be done first? How can your audience members help? What's the role of elected officials, or public servants at the Federal, Provincial, Municipal, and First Nations levels? This presentation will clearly explain what we can all do to help emancipate a population that has been shunned and kept away from mainstream politics in Canada.

What are the implications of Canada's recent adoption of the United Nations Bill of Rights for Aboriginal People? How can we each play a meaningful role in helping to restore basic dignities, human rights, and language rights for Aboriginal People in Canada today?

What is the matter with Canada as it houses a disproportionate number of Aboriginals within its prisons? What do we need to teach law enforcement officers and the courts about the fundamentals of Aboriginal culture, traditions to help even things out on the streets of our cities? What is a healing circle? How does it work? Does it work? How do we get "buy in" from elders and elected officials on Reserves and in the Canadian judiciary system?

Most people living on reserves live far way from the health services the white people take for granted daily. Unfortunately, tuberculosis and other diseases are commonplace on some Reserves. Boil-water advisories are in effect in many First Nations. What can be done to deliver good healthcare to Aboriginal Peoples? How? How can we speed up the process of getting clean water to these people.  How do we reduce the number of suicides? Housing on some Reserves is not only sub-standard, it is approaching their world conditions.

Governance, both inside and outside First Nations are critical to achieve a better Canada. Many first Nations are well governed. Some are not. How do we improve the leadership of elected officials on Reserves? What qualities must electors insist on? Outside Reserves, what perceptions and relations must be corrected to improve the colonial attitude that has prevailed for far too long?

One of the fundamental tenets of Aboriginal culture and traditions is a profound respect for nature and the environment.  What can be done to protect the environment? What can the white man learn from Aboriginal people regarding the need to conserve our environment? What does the term "sustainable development" mean to a First Nation?

What are the implications of recently accepted Treaties for First Nations in BC to the rest of Canada? How is Canada doing in terms to settling Treaties? How can the process be speeded up? What are Treaty Rights? What's fair compensation to First Nations that conclude treaties? Janice Makokis has focused on the settlement of Treaties as a major part of her legal practice.

The Makokis Family can draft up a speaker series presentation specifically for the conference and your association. This half day session would include all three speakers presenting with each other, or each speaker can draft a presentation to follow up and expand on the other member of the Makokis family’s presentations throughout the session. Each member of the Makokis family has a very unique perspective on First Nation Matters and important information for all Canadians and will be focused for teachers and educators in Alberta.

This speaker series addresses the history, current situation, and future of Indigenous culture in Canada. It includes practical solutions for any matters related to First Nations in Canada. A truly unique presentation, there are not many sessions or presenters that can address the amount of issues that the Makokis family can. This presentation is customized to each organization and association.
Dr. Patricia Makokis, (Ed.D.) is acclaimed as one of Canada’s most outstanding Indigenous leaders and aboriginal expert. Her warm speaking style engages audience everywhere. She uses humour and relevant anecdotes to make her points. Dr. Makokis is internationally and nationally renowned. She is in demand as a speaker across Canada not only because she is an expert on Indigenous matters, but also because of her articulate and humourous presentations. The vital and necessary guiding principles of her Indigenous values are deeply rooted in the worship and respect for the land and the environment.

She intimately knows the history of indigenous peoples and she practices their philosophy and beliefs in everything that she does. Dr. Patricia is authentic. Residing on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation She is a proud First Nation representative and member of the indigenous community. She is passionate about who she is, the knowledge she possesses, and the groups and individuals she represents. She has embraced both the Cree culture and the western world view. Patricia has addressed numerous audiences across Canada and around the world in the fields of education, justice and health. She is in demand as an authority and an articulate representative of “what can be achieved” and “how to build on Indigenous values and culture” to succeed in this highly competitive world. She is highly respected across Alberta for her knowledge, abilities and her passion to help First Nation Communities become whole again. She works closely with many different reserves, provincial and government agencies, healthcare systems and communities as a consultant. She is relied on by these organizations for her expertise. Patricia is dynamic, educative, funny and always receives high praise for her presentations. Dr. Patricia Makokis is an expert on multiple topics, which include Aboriginal Rights, Canadian – Aboriginal relations, First Nations History in Canada, and Indigenous education.

Dr. James Makokis is well grounded in all matters relating to Indigenous cultures, traditions, values, and customs. He is also experienced with the delivery of medical and social services to First Nation communities in Canada. As you probably know, James is a leading role model within the medical and Indigenous community. His keynote address and/or workshop presentation can explore the status of Indigenous health services in Canada and the improvements that are required for long term sustainability. James also can provide information on his struggling years as a youth, and his resiliency to become who he is today. James’ presentations will inspire audience members to become better members of their community through understanding his story, and his experience inside and outside of the aboriginal community.

Dr. James will provide inspirational and practical advice on how he was able to achieve so much through his education, culture, spirituality, health, self-confidence, self-motivation, and overcoming adversity. James has overcome bullying in his prior years, is a proud member of the LGBTQ2 community and has faced off with many government leaders, and is at the forefront of a shift in government perspectives on Indigenous rights, healthcare, access, programming, housing, mental health, and social services. James is one of our most outstanding speakers and we are proud to represent him. He has a story like no other and speaks on multiple issues, it is sometimes hard for us to keep up with James!

Dr. James Makokis is a leader among the First Nation community and is a primary resource for the government and Alberta Health Service agencies. James would be able to do a keynote or workshop presentation, with plenty Q & A, to inspire audience members through his experiences, education and understanding of aboriginal issues for youth and the importance issues surrounding challenges faced through diversity in the classroom. In his earlier years’, his work was primarily focused on youth, and James still has a passion, and in his own words, “a responsibility” to help Indigenous Youth become all they can be, no matter what their situation. Dr. James Makokis is a very busy man, and we usually need 3 business days to hear back from him for his availability.

Janice Makokis is an active lawyer, consultant and Indigenous leader in Canada, like her brother James and mother Patricia. Janice has also Co-chaired the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus (NAIPC) at the United Nations on the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Janice is also an active leader within and outside of the aboriginal community. Janice is often called upon to help Indigenous leaders and communities as a consultant on legal and social issues that many communities and individuals face within and outside of the aboriginal community. Janice Makokis, the youngest of the Makokis family, is fresh from participating in legal matters and advocacy relating to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Canada.

Janice has also overcome many obstacles to arrive where she is today, and her drive and passion for real change within Canada has taken Janice on a path to become a leader, peaceful activist, mediator, teacher, consultant, and role model within and outside of her career which is focused as an advocate for aboriginal rights, education of the white population, social justice and acknowledgment for the past and current treatment of aboriginals today and represents real change for aboriginals and Canadians, that so many individuals and communities are seeking for. She also has worked with youth throughout her career and expresses the same passion and responsibility to aboriginal youth as her brother James.

Janice is an articulate presenter for/on Indigenous Peoples of Canada. She knows the law and she is an expert about the following:


  • What needs to done to improve the relations between the white population

  • The current conditions on Reserves and Metis Settlements

  • The Truth and Reconciliation Commission proceedings and outcomes

  • The “Idle No More” movement

  • Canadian Imperialism: Indigenous Resistance Through IdleNoMore

  • What needs to be done by both Indigenous Peoples and the white population to help Indigenous People succeed in Canada.

  • Indigenous Understanding of Treaties

  • Treaties, Indigenous Laws and Legal Orders in Alberta’s  Natural Resource Management

  • Indigenous Laws and Legal Orders:  An Indigenous Understanding of the Land, Water and Environment

  • Indigenous laws, lands and current Industry-Government relations

  • International Law and Indigenous Peoples

  • The Role of the Canadian State: Forcibly Imposing Western Education on First Nations

  • Elimination for Racial Discrimination

  • Human Rights in the Workplace

  • Organizational Culture and Negotiation Preparedness

  • Canada’s Plan to Implement a First Nations Education Act

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