Aboriginal, First Nation, Indigenous and Social Policy Expert
Dr. Patricia Makokis,(Ed.D.) is acclaimed as one of Canada’s most outstanding Indigenous leaders and aboriginal experts. Her warm speaking style engages audience everywhere. She uses humour and relevant anecdotes to make her points and researches each audience in depth before each presentation.
Dr. Makokis is a internationally and nationally renowned speaker and expert on Indigenous related topics. She is in demand as a speaker across Canada because of her articulate and humourous presentations style, her dynamic experience and education, her activism and fight for change, and her approach to First Nation Communities and for Canadians to become stronger, together.
Patricia pulls no punches in her presentations; she respectively shares presentations, grounded in story. She engagingly addresses the challenges facing First Nation communities. Dr. Patricia Makokis is an exceptional addition to groups and organizations that want a better future and understanding for Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Above all, Patricia is positive. She can convey the important message that, even against all odds, you too can succeed at whatever to set out to accomplish.
Dr. Patricia is authentic. She is an authority on Indigenous values. She lives them daily. 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.
She intimately knows the history of indigenous peoples and she practices their philosophy and beliefs in everything that she does. She knows the proceedings and Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The vital and necessary guiding principles of her Indigenous values are deeply rooted in the worship and respect for the land and the environment. This is the perspective that she brings: The Natural Laws of First Nation Communities. She does not waste time assessing blame for the predicament of Indigenous People today. Rather she positively and authoritatively provides realistic solutions.
Dr. Makokis can help guide white people on how to deal with Indigenous people and First Nations. She has successfully served as an industry representative to help them work with First Nations to reach their goals of sustainable development. She can tailor a motivating address to any white group on the responsibility they have and role they must play to conform to the Calls to Action of the TRC.
She is an author, speaker and a pioneer for Indigenous education, health, values and tradition. Patricia is the recipient of innumerable awards for her exceptional work in advancing opportunities for her people. To name a few, Patricia received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Metal Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of San Diego amongst others. Patricia has a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.), with a major in leadership, from the University of San Diego. Dr. Patricia Makokis is a testament to the fact that she is an example of what she believes in and teaches – “education and hard work are the two most important factors to relieve the plight of Indigenous people in Canada today”.
She is the mother of two of Canada’s leading experts for Indigenous values, communities, and health, Janice and James. Janice Makokis, graduated with a degree in law and she consulted extensively for Canadian Truth & Reconciliation Commission. She also co-chaired the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus (NAIPC) at the United Nations on the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She currently works for First Nations on land claim issues. Her son, James Makokis, is a medical doctor, role model and health expert. Either of them can accompany Patricia to deliver a dynamic presentation on wide range of topics. The Makokis family represents so many voices across Canada. Their perspectives are unique and are at the forefront of understanding where we have been in the past, where we are now, and where we need to be in the future.
Patricia is a leader and expert on just about any topic related to Indigenous Problems and Solutions in Canada. She can address the touchy topics related to current issues for any community on the need for change in Indigenous – western relations. She is not only qualified, but also has the life experience to reinforce her education. Dr. Patricia Makokis offers us a true lesson of history, current affairs and the future of Canadian – Indigenous understandings, policies and perspectives. Her son, James Makokis, M.D, is openly gay, and Patricia has become a strong advocate of the sexual minority community.
Patricia Makokis 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.
Dr. Patricia Makokis recently took employment with a company in the oil industry and holds a part time (casual) position with the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCAH). She previously served as the President of Blue Quills First Nations College in Saint Paul, Alberta. In addition, she currently works on many boards including The Six Nations Information Governance Centre, the Saddle Lake Health Board and The Alberta Teacher’s Association Safe and Caring Schools Committee.
As a past school room teacher and an academic, she has written and developed leadership courses as part of a Bachelor’s Degree in leadership for Blue Quills First Nations College that transfers to western universities. Additionally, she has worked on national health initiatives including Promoting Mental Health for Canada’s Indigenous Peoples for the Royal College of Physicians and the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada. She developed and established the curriculum that is standard across Canada for the Community Wellness Certificate offered by the Nechi Training Institute. Patricia also created and produced numerous academic courses in Management, Organizational Change and Wholistic Leadership.
Dr. Patricia Makokis’ career speaks for itself. 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, industry, 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.
Patricia Makokis’ career speaks for itself. 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. Makokis will tailor the following topics for a keynote an/or workshop to reach your desired learning outcomes:
Everybody Should Go to Indian School
Grounding of the Natural Laws in First Nations
Trauma and Health Facilitation
Cultural Sensitivity in the Workplace
The Story of the Two-Spirit Gender
Indigenous Problems and Solutions in Canada
Indigenous Values to Generate Success
The Responsibilty and Role of the White Community in Living up to the Calls for Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
The Role of Women in Indigenous Culture
And Many More....
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.
Saddle Lake, Alberta
Practicing 'The Good Way of Life' from the Hospital Bed to Mother Earth - Determinants of Indigenous Peoples' Health
The health disparities affecting Indigenous peoples in Canada might well be understood as a national epidemic. Although progress has been made in the last decade towards both understanding and ameliorating Indigenous health inequalities, very little research or writing has expanded a social determinants of health framework to account for the unique histories and present realities of Indigenous peoples in this country. This timely edited collection addresses this significant knowledge gap, exploring the ways that multiple health determinants beyond the social--from colonialism to geography, from economy to biology--converge to impact the health status of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
- Accountability | Self Leadership
- Addictions | Substance Abuse
- Agriculture | Agricultural
- Arts | Culture
- Bullying in the Workplace
- Change Management | Change
- Conflict Management
- Difficult Conversations
- Employee Relations | Employee Solutions
- Government | Government Relations
- Health and Wellness
- Indigenous | First Nation
- Influence | Negotiation
- Inter-generational Workforce
- Leadership | Leadership Development
- LGBTQ2 | Gender
- Mental Health | Trauma
- Multicultural Workforce
- Overcoming Adversity | Adversity
- Parenting | Family
- Professional Growth | Personal Growth
- Public Policy
- Rural Development
- Seniors | Aging
- Social Change | Human Rights
- Social Sciences | Psychology
- Sustainable Development
- Teamwork | Team Building
- Trust | Values
- Workplace Culture
- Youth | Youth Development