Dr. James Makokis
Two Spirit Doctor - LGBTQ2S, Indigenous, Diversity & Inclusion Expert
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Dr. James A. Makokis is a Nehiyô (Plains Cree) Family Physician from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in northeastern Alberta and the recent winner of Season 7 of “The Amazing Race Canada” with his husband Anthony Johnson as “Team Ahkameyimok” (“Never give up” in the Plains Cree language). They used their time on the show to bring attention to important issues like never before. He is known for his Two Spirit resilience and decolonizing medicine to bring Indigenous cultural safety to the healthcare system.

Expertise in

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Health and Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health & Mental Wellness
  • Peak Performance & Productivity
  • Personal Development & Growth

Speaker Types

  • Adventurers & Mountain Climbers
  • Campus & University Speakers
  • Community Development
  • Conference Keynote
  • Corporate Entertainment & Entertainers
  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy
  • Education & Teachers

DR. JAMES MAKOKIS BIOGRAPHY

Dr. James Makokis leads one of North America’s most progressive family medical clinics serving both LGBTQ2S and First Nation peoples from all over Canada. Dr. James Makokis is a national and internationally recognized leader and author in the area of Indigenous health and transgender health. Recently named to “The Medical Post’s 2021 Power List,” Dr. Makokis believes that power should be shared, especially with those who have been disempowered. His philosophy of leadership is based on Nehiyô iyintiw wiyasiwewina (Cree Natural Laws) including kisewatisiwin (kindness), kwayask itatisiwin (honesty), sohkeyitamowin (strength/determination), and pahkwenamatowin (sharing) as taught to him by his Elders.

He is a proud Cree, Two-Spirit physician from Saddle Lake First Nation in Northern, AB and known as one of Canada’s most progressive doctors and experts on numerous topics. Through his work, he is on a mission to serve marginalized populations and to change the outcomes for Indigenous and LGBTQ2S Peoples. Dr. James Makokis and his partner Anthony Johnson were crowned winners of the Amazing Race Canada Season 7, where they received international recognition for their advocacy of marginalized individuals by making the world aware of the impact of discrimination and the mistreatment of anyone labelled as being “different”. They both currently reside on Treaty 6 Territory outside of Edmonton.

He faced many challenges earlier on in establishing his career as an Indigenous doctor. Being Two-Spirit, from a small segregated and poverty-stricken community, forced him to prove himself, try to ignore hurtful statements against him, and develop coping strategies to manage systematic and social forms of discrimination.  His success as a doctor is in large part his down-to-earth approach with his patients, as he can easily empathize with them and the challenges they face before providing his medical advice. He was also mentored by many Canadian and Indigenous leaders along his path, which gave him unique insights into a wide variety of issues that people face around the world and in Canada. Dr. James Makokis has travelled alongside former Governor General Michaëlle Jean on a diplomatic mission to Brazil and also had the rare opportunity to work next to Dr. Patch Adams in the Amazon Jungle.

He has received international attention and recognition for his holistic approach to medicine and his advocacy for human rights. He is also one of the few doctors that combine traditional Cree medicine and Western medicine within his practice. Known for his compassion, numerous accomplishments and his unique insights, Dr. James Makokis has inspired all types of Canadians to challenge stereotypical and often discriminating views towards First Nation and LGBTQ2S Peoples. He has won numerous awards, sat on many boards and councils, and continues to give back to his communities in any way he can. Through his work and his previous contributions, he continues to break down stigmas and identify the societal structures and forces of oppression that LGBTQ2S and Indigenous populations face.

Dr. James Makokis wanted to be a doctor since he was four years old. It was during his education that he decided to focus on LGBTQ2S and Indigenous health so that he could make a difference for those often left out of the healthcare system and society as a whole. The attitudes and discrimination individuals he serves face within the health care system and in their personal lives, often leads to his patients being marginalized and underserved through the imbalance of trust, access and service for their health. He is here and on a mission to create real change by serving marginalized populations and rebuilding relationships with those who have are often left behind.

He earned his Master’s in health science from the University of Toronto in 2006 and graduated from the University of Toronto’s medical school in 2010 and the University of British Columbia’s Aboriginal Family Medicine Residency Training Program in 2012. He is also trained in family medicine and trans health. He is dedicated to continuing to save lives through his medical practice and his unique approach to medicine. Dr. Makokis worked as an instructor at the Yellowhead Tribal College, the University of Toronto, and the University of Alberta, teaching courses on Indigenous health, Indigenous cultural practices, and traditional medicine. He also received certification from the Aboriginal Family Medicine Training Program and served as the Spokesperson for the National Aboriginal Health Organization’s Role Model Program for many years.

He shares a wide range of his personal experiences,  areas of expertise, Indigenous knowledge and his compassionate understandings with audiences for his quest to serve others and bring measurable change within the nation. Dr. James Makokis feels a calling to share the struggles and challenges of individuals and communities that are often left behind. Keynote Speaker, James Makokis is an Indigenous Cree Two-Spirit Doctor & LGBTQ2S Inclusivity thought leader for equity diversity and inclusion strategy in the workplace and society. He shares his family history, Indigenous history, real-life examples from his patients, and his personal experience within his presentations. His focus is to help us all celebrate each person’s uniqueness while showing us all how to improve ourselves so that we can be in the best position to positively impact others, for the larger contribution of the human experience.

Two Spirit Resilience - The Amazing Story

  • Canada’s Cree Two-Spirit Leader and winner of The Amazing Race Canada Season 7 is a proud member of the LGBTQ2S community who has not had an easy path to become the person he is today. Dr. James Makokis faced many challenges along throughout his life including overcoming bullying, systematic colonialism, community segregation, racism, and gender/sexuality stereotypes. He surmounted many obstacles with his strong support from his family, elders, and community all while practicing and incorporating the strengths of Indigenous values and culture. Dr. Makokis was forced to turn the other cheek and rise above all challenging situations, individuals and systems that were forced upon him since birth. He learned to master impartial situations and to use them as motivation for his success. He also learned to use forgiveness, compassion and understanding overcoming those wanting to limit his success.

    Dr. Makokis is considered a leader and a role model for all Canadians. He is at the forefront of creating new spaces for equality, acceptance, growth. He and his family play an important role in the quest for Canada to bring light to human rights violations, historical tragedies and inequalities that all Indigenous peoples face. He and his family have been advocating and challenging systematic colonialism for over 35 years. His example has already served to inspire many within and outside First Nation communities. Since the United Nations scorned Canada’s mistreatment of Indigenous peoples, the Makokis Family and Dr. James Makokis’ messages are now finally gaining national and international recognition.

    He has a compelling story of triumph over defeat. His story has universal appeal, and it serves to inspire everyone that hears him present. Against all odds, Dr. James Makokis succeeded beyond everyone’s expectations. How did he do it? What was his inner source of strength and resilience? Let Dr. Makokis tell you his story about how he overcame adversity to become who he is today. He will reveal the right combination of traditional values, cultural practices, mental performance, leadership, transformation, spirituality, willpower, empathy, compassion, resilience, the importance of support systems and community and the hard work it takes to succeed in anything we put our mind to.

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Two Spirit Diversity - Race, Gender, Sexuality & Unconscious Bias

  • Dr. James Makokis has an incredible firsthand experience in growing up as a Two-Spirit in a segregated and marginalized community. He has one of the most unique perspectives on the importance of acceptance and equal treatment regarding cultural, gender, sexuality, and racial differences. Two-Spirit is a contemporary English term to reflect gender diversity that Indigenous nations have always had. Although the history of the term Two-Spirit is a celebratory term within Indigenous communities. The imposition of colonialism has caused individuals that identify as Two-Spirit within their community often to be discriminated against and excluded from peer groups. Anthony felt pressure from his peers, his community and even some members of his family, to conform to gender roles while struggling with racial inequality, and racial discrimination in western society.

    Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the world. Many individuals face personal challenges in achieving success. He combines his story; everyday life experiences and areas of expertise to deliver practical insights on how to create accepting spaces and to implement strategies where EVERYONE can prosper by incorporating an accepting attitude to anyone that is outside of social norms. He will share insights on experiences LGBTQ2S and First Nation individuals face in coping, confronting and internalizing forces of discrimination.

    Dr. Makokis teaches audiences how to identify and acknowledge our unconscious bias, which often creates and reinforces stereotypes and stigmas which then negatively impact our relationships. Dr. Makokis teaches how to become an ally to refocus our relationships to be accepting, safe and supportive. This presentation will provide key introspective learning for individuals and organizations that work and create new inclusive programs for diverse populations. By creating inclusive and accepting environments, we will be able to create new leaders, stronger teams and a humanistic and united synergy for equality and access. He will shed light on the type of support individuals and organizations can provide to create an equal, inclusive and accepting environment to eradicate the mistreatment of anyone labelled as being different.

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Compassion FIRST

  • Dr. Makokis brings us through a larger understanding of what it means to lead with compassion, and take action within ourselves and in our careers to understand others and their situations. Dr. Makokis had the opportunity to work beside Dr. Patch Adams in the Amazon and travelled alongside former Governor General Michaëlle Jean on a diplomatic mission to Brazil early in his career. In learning from one of the best physicians in American history, and some of Canada’s top leaders, Dr. Makokis brings his raw yet compassionate approach to his everyday work and personal relationships. He shows the benefits of how asking questions, being self-aware, the careful use of language and searching to use empathy on how to approach different people in all types of situations. Through his own story of being marginalized and discriminated against within and outside of his community, Dr. Makokis shares the mindset he continues to demonstrate in his approach to his patients, family members and co-workers.

     

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Truth and Reconciliation & YOU

  • Dr. James Makokis highlights the unfortunate history and TRUTH of the realities of colonialism in Canada and the impact on First Nation communities and peoples. Dr. Makokis will explain the structures and systems of how early settlers stripped First Nation communities and peoples of their Indigenous values, traditions, languages and customs. Dr. Makokis then relates colonialism and how it has formed today’s reality and how systems of the past have maintained inequality and unfair treatment for First Nation communities and Indigenous peoples. He will deliver facts on the current challenges Indigenous cultures face and how to break down the colonial structures of the past to reclaim their culture without assistance or intervention from Non-Indigenous Canadians.

    Dr. James Makokis will provide practical insights on the importance of RECONCILIATION and deliver strategic advice on how each community member and their leaders can implement procedures to support the 94 TRC Calls to Action. The United Nations stated clearly that we can no longer be a 1st world country with 3rd world conditions for Indigenous communities. Dr. Makokis’ presentation focuses on a united front for all Canadians to take part in and stand up to eliminate the reality that we have left behind many people and communities outside of the Canadian System. This presentation can focus on or include multiple TRC Calls to Action in each community. council, industry or organization faces different challenges for RECONCILIATION

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Treaty Talk - Uniting Allies For OUR Future

  • Most Canadians do not know that most Indigenous peoples’ lives are governed by federal laws under the Indian Act of 1876. The Act is still in place today. Treaties were signed years ago to protect First Nation groups and their rights to land. The Government of Canada continues to treat treaties as though they are non-existent, with the United Nations pointing their finger at the Canadian Government to change their racial discrimination of Indigenous populations. There remains an abundant need to address the inequality and racism that Indigenous peoples in Canada face and to do so with the leadership and teachings of Indigenous Elders.

    Prior to the arrival and settlement of European immigrants, Indigenous people had complex and successful knowledge systems and practices about land systems, sciences, mathematics, clans, politics, physical and mental health, and food security that provided a healthy and abundant livelihood for millions of people for tens of thousands of years. The effects of colonialism and the Indian Act play a major role in First Nation access to education, health care, clean drinking water, housing, and many other things that non-Indigenous Canadians often take for granted. Canada’s horrific and not-so-distant past of the residential school system utilized education as a form of oppression between the 1880s to 1960s.

    There are still over 40 First Nation communities that still do not have schools in their communities. The K-12 completion rate for First Nation students is 49%. There are anywhere between 52 and 70 languages indigenous to what is now called Canada (depending on how you count them). Only three are expected to survive this century. The sad fact that First Nation students are more likely to end up in jail than to graduate high school is in large part because of colonialism. Suicide rates among First Nations youth are up to seven times higher than among non-Indigenous youth.

    Close to 20% of First Nations communities are under a drinking water advisory, a statistic that has remained remarkably consistent for the past 25 years. As corporations rarely being held accountable, the global threat of climate change, the lack of economic and social equality in all nations, the rise of fake news, the never-ending corporate fight of world domination and control, humanity and our earth have never faced so many global and social threats.

    Dr. Makokis and the Makokis family commit to the annual Treaty Walk which follows a group of Indigenous Elders, public health care union workers, representatives of faith communities and others as they embark on a 14 day long walk to gain allies. The organizers have called their journey “The Walk for Common Ground.” The journey has an emotional impact on the walkers while stopping in all communities along the way to raise awareness for common ground. The purpose of the walk is to educate others on the importance of Treaty and Indigenous ways of knowing. Through learning and living into the Natural Laws of Kindness, Honesty, Sharing, and Strength, they all walk to transform themselves and the communities they visit along the way.

    Dr. Makokis shares insights on the importance of pivoting from our current path and that humans can band together to create a united mindset of awareness, peace, compassion, and forgiveness. He offers solutions on how to we can assist Indigenous peoples to overcome and combat systematic oppression strategically and together.  We all have a responsibility to our planet, each other, and ourselves. In creating a united perspective on social change and equality,  James breaks down barriers for a progressive approach to the human experience, and how we can work together to create reconstruct our reality and country to be aligned with one another on all fronts.

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Building on Indigenous Values to Generate Success

  • The world is changing faster than ever before, and some may argue for the worse than the better. A worldwide pandemic, climate change, and the Black/Indigenous Lives Matter Movement have caused a shift in our approach to our work, relationships and how we think. The industrialization and corporatocracy of the world economy have caused mass inequality between rich and poor, exploitation and mistreatment of minorities populations and the destruction of our planet and its ecosystems.

    Dr. Makokis has been mentored by the different elders, ceremonial leaders, physicians, environmentalists, botanists, medicine persons, and teachers along his path. Deeply rooted in his Ojibway and Cree heritage, Dr. Makokis shares his understanding of the Cree belief systems and history including location and meaning of sacred sites, animal migration patterns, the land, the water, and the cosmos. He also addresses the principles of Indigenous health, traditional medicines, ceremonies, natural law and governance.  Entrusted with this knowledge to pass on to future generations. Through these teachings, he helps individuals connect to their human and spiritual selves and find their purpose.

    So many of us are striving to make sense of the world we live in to make our lives, the people we love and the world better in every and any way. Many are unaware of the roots of Indigenous culture, values and spirituality through traditional practices that are intertwined and encompass so many solutions for these challenges. Dr. James Makokis shows how his roots in Cree Culture and traditions helped him become who he is today with a strong focus on improvement for himself, his relationships, the world and to advocate for oppressed communities. He shares how Indigenous culture has enabled him to focus on his relationship with himself, the creator, the earth and all living things. Rooted back to hundreds of years of life before and during colonialism, he shows how the solutions to many of the world’s problems mirror Indigenous values and cultural practices.

    Dr. Makokis has had the rare opportunity to reconnect with his elders, learn different Indigenous cultural practices from different First Nation communities and share insights and learn from some of Canada and the world’s top leaders regarding the establishment and importance of Indigenous values for all Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples. We have much to learn from incorporating a worldview through the Indigenous approach to living and being. Learn about how Indigenous culture helped Dr. Makokis to achieve extraordinary success and practical insights we can all use in our everyday lives.

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Residential Schools - Evaluating the History for OUR Future

  • Prior to the arrival and settlement of European immigrants, Indigenous people had complex and successful knowledge systems and practices about land systems, sciences, mathematics, clans, politics, physical and mental health, and food security that provided a healthy and abundant livelihood for millions of people for tens of thousands of years. Canada’s horrific and not-so-distant past of the residential school system utilized education as a form of oppression between the 1920’2 to the mid-1990s. The trauma from the residential schools and colonialism passed down between generations has left a negative impact and outcomes on how Indigenous peoples see themselves within and outside of their community. The effects of colonialism and the Indian Act play a major role in First Nation access to education, health care, clean drinking water, housing, and many other things that non-Indigenous Canadians often take for granted.

    The recent discovery of the victims of residential school victims gave national attention to missing children and adults never accounted for within many nations. The ongoing search within all nations to identify mass graves has been long coming, as many nations and their elders shared the history of the loss of their loved ones throughout Canada’s dark history of Colonialism and abuse. Families were stripped of their loved ones along with their land. Indigenous bands and family structures were replaced by western systems and philosophy.

    The last residential school was shut down in Canada in 1996. The Makokis family is deeply rooted in Saddle Lake, AB in where Blue Quills Indian Residential School was the second last residential school to be active in Alberta. The school had four different locations; Lac la Biche, AB (1862-1898), Saddle Lake, AB (1898-1931), St. Paul, AB (1898-1931) and its current location on Blue Quills First Nation Indian Reserve (1931-today).

    In 1971, the school reopened as Blue Quills Education Centre later to become Blue Quills University. When reopened it was the First Nations owned and operated university in Canada, the first of its kind in the country. Still active today, The university is jointly owned by seven First Nation bands in the area. Dr. Patricia Makokis, James’ mother taught at Blue Quills early in her career. The Makokis family is attached to many families and has heard many stories of the darkness surrounding the school’s existence between 1862 – 1970. It was not until 1970 that Blue Quill’s residential school be reformed under First Nation authority with its dark history attached to the school and the families.

    Dr. James Makokis brings to attention first-hand experiences from elders within the community on their personal experiences within the residential school’s system and the impact it had within their communities. He helps us understand how even though residential schools have been abolished across Canada, that the many forms of discrimination, unfair treatment, abuse and previous systems of oppression still live today in different forms and in different ways, which is continuing to oppress Indigenous populations.

    This talk focuses on past and current TRUTH’s while identifying key areas for change. It helps organizations and individuals to better understand the past, so we can understand where we are, to create change for the future.

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Building Bridges - Culture, Governance, Community & Partnerships

  • Dr. Makokis shares a unique perspective on how Indigenous and First Nation people can reclaim their culture and heritage, through strategic partnerships and campaigns that contribute to the success of his people. He shows how the impact of colonialism has led to Indigenous populations being marginalized and often forgotten within Canadian society. The impacts of colonialism have caused generational and intersectional trauma, which has forced First Nation peoples to struggle with their identity and to find hope within their social and economic opportunities. Dr. Makokis will show how cycles of oppression have led to mental health, family violence and addictions problems for many Indigenous populations.

    Dr. Makokis shows us to break the cycles of oppression through self-governance, family support, community programming, social advocacy, compassionate care, and raising awareness within each community to instill change from within. He also shows the benefits of creating a bridge between First Nation and non-Indigenous groups to change the outcomes and determinants that are keeping Indigenous peoples oppressed.

    Dr. Makokis brings light to the situation by showing how Indigenous populations can reclaim their culture through traditional values and traditional culture. Through a preventative and strategic approach, Dr. Makokis shows how to reclaim their history and to develop or restructure the delivery of their community programs. Dr. Makokis will identify key areas for improvement for each organization/community and will share how other First Nation communities have been successful in areas others may struggle with. He will show the importance of continuing to grow the ownership and responsibilities for governing bodies in First Nation communities and the impact they can create without any third-party assistance.

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Keeping Doors Open - Education For Indigenous Populations

  • There are many First Nation bands that still do not have schools in their communities. The K-12 completion rate for First Nation students is 49%. The sad fact that First Nation students are more likely to end up in jail than to graduate high school is in large part because of colonialism. Suicide rates among First Nations youth are up to seven times higher than among non-Indigenous youth. Close to 20 % of First Nations communities are under a drinking water advisory, a stat that has remained remarkably consistent for the past 25 years. There are anywhere between 52 and 70 languages indigenous to what is now called Canada (depending on how you count them). Only three are expected to survive this century.

    The Makokis family members are strong advocates for educating the Indigenous population as well as educating new allies to learn about Indigenous teachings. They firmly believe that education will change the outcomes for Indigenous peoples.  They have all taught at the Yellowhead Tribal College located in Alberta and all have strong ties to their post-secondary institutions to assist them in the delivery of Indigenous courses and knowledge.

    It was at Yellowhead Tribal College where Dr. James Makokis and his sister Janice Makokis were taught and mentored by Chief Jim O’Chiese a distinguished professor, ceremonial leader, environmentalist, botanist, forester, medicine person, and teacher. Jim passed on his Ojibway and Cree education to many students, to shape their understanding of medicines, ceremonies, the location and meaning of sacred sites, animal migration patterns, the land, the water, and the cosmos. Entrusted with this knowledge to pass on to future generations, Dr. James Makokis was able to and continues to utilize these teachings with Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups, to help them understand the differences and shared beliefs between Indigenous and non Indigenous teachings.

    Dr. Makokis helps us understand how to better serve Indigenous communities to access strong education, as well as how to serve Indigenous students to maximize their learning. Education is one of the major factors that will contribute to the success of Indigenous populations. Dr. Makokis’ talk brings a strategic approach to how one teacher or one student can shape the path and outcomes for First Nation communities and Indigenous populations, one course at a time. Dr. James Makokis also shares his own story within the education system, as although not always easy, he grew to understand the important role it played for his future as well as the impact he can have on others.  This talk helps educators understand their roles in teaching Indigenous youth and providing hope and encouragement along the way. It can also be an inspirational youth and student presentation, to help them understand the importance of education in their lives and their future.

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Systematic Discrimination - Inequality in the Health Care System

  • When Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw woman, filmed the final moments of her life at a hospital in Joliette, Que., Canadians and the world experienced the entrenched racism and substandard care Indigenous Peoples know all too well. It’s common for First Nations to experience racism both at the small-town hospitals near reserves and at major hospitals in urban areas. The effects of colonialism and the systematic oppression that was created and has been maintained through colonialist practices have caused a loss of knowledge and access to traditional medicines that were passed to them for hundreds of years. The breach of treaties forced migration, abolishment of traditional practices and traditional medicines, and many other issues related to the mistreatment of First Nation communities because of colonialism practices have caused a lack of health, social and public services in First Nation communities. Health inequity and the social determinants of health for Indigenous peoples are deeply rooted in the loss of traditional lands, traditional culture, community, and self-governance. Indigenous medicine and health equality therefore must first be addressed from a larger outlook to enable the preservation and promotion of traditional cultures, and self-determination expressed through self-government and community control over traditional lands, traditional culture, education, and social services.

    The stigma of sexual and gender discrimination, and the lack of access for LGBTQ2S people in the healthcare system, have a negative impact on the social determinants of health for transgender and LGBTQ2S people. Dr. Makokis will shares stories from his personal experiences as well as knowledge gained through treating transgender patients. Gender dysphoria is defined as a condition where there is a conflict between a person’s physical gender and the gender he or she identifies with. This complex issue leads many to mental health, substance abuse and even suicide if gone untreated.

    Racism and gender bias systemic bias disproportionately affect a large portion of marginalized populations in Canada, resulting in higher levels of negative health outcomes and unnecessary deaths. Racism and discrimination are experienced by LGBTQ2S patients, LGBTQ2S health care providers, Indigenous patients and Indigenous health care providers. This pattern of abuse is consistent with the long history of systemic oppression perpetuated by Canada and its institutions against First Nations Peoples & LGBTQ2S populations.

    Dr. Makokis takes every opportunity to advocate for Indigenous & LGBTQ2S peoples in and outside of his practice. Transgender & First Nation education in medicine is not very thorough in Canada, yet Dr. James Makokis has been so successful with his approach that some high-risk patients have told him that he has saved their life. Dr. Makokis is one of the very few that has first-hand knowledge of the trials and tribulations of transgender & Indigenous patients. His new-age approach to medicine is bringing new awareness that breaks away from current treatments and medical practices combining research and care for patient-focused treatment. Dr. Makokis’ presentations focus on bringing awareness to racial and gender equality within the healthcare system.

    It is clear that the current health care system needs to change: complaints procedures need to be culturally safe, patient-focused, trauma-informed and most importantly, restorative actions need to occur when adverse events are reported. To improve LGBTQ2S health and Indigenous health, adequate financial resources and investments must be made to develop health care infrastructure, including rebuilding the Indigenous health systems decimated by federal legislation since Confederation. Leaving health care provision to the provinces and territories without proper quality control measures will only lead to more of the same. When will enough be enough? Our collective treaty agreements allowed for us to live together in peace and friendship and to take care of one another as members of the human family.

    Dr. Makokis shares his unique experience in growing up in a segregated First Nation Community in Northern Alberta, as well as his experience as a doctor at Kehewin Health Centre, North East of Edmonton, AB. His unique firsthand experience teaches participants the history of how we got to where we are now and identifies strategies on what still needs to be improved for the different types of circumstances to increase the health of all LGBTQ2S and Indigenous Peoples. Dr. Makokis will research each organization and community’s past, present, and future challenges to tailor his presentation to focus on the solutions that each organization and individual can take to improve health practices and the delivery of health services to combat systematic oppression within the health care system.
    This presentation can be tailored to be specific for Indigenous Health and/or LGBTQ2S Health.

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Doctoring the Spirit - Access, Service & Compassion

  • Dr. Makokis draw’s from his personal experiences as well as knowledge gained through treating and working with Indigenous and LGBTQ2S individuals to understand their health circumstances while learning and implementing access to proper care and consistent care. Gender dysphoria is defined as a condition where there is a conflict between a person’s physical gender and the gender he or she identifies with. This complex issue leads many to mental health, substance abuse and even suicide if gone untreated. Indigenous patients often lack trust within the healthcare system and lack access to proper services. Canada’s previous interactions regarding medicine for Indigenous peoples have led to mistrust between Doctors and Indigenous patients. Furthermore, many Indigenous medicine practices and traditions have been silenced or lost, due to colonialism and Canada’s unfortunate past of stripping Indigenous peoples from their rights, culture and knowledge.

    Dedicating his time to multiple First Nation communities and the LGBTQ2S community, Dr. James Makokis gets to know each patient over multiple visits to use empathy to understand their social and psychological circumstances. He will share insights from trans patients based on their experiences in receiving encouragement and facing discrimination, shedding light on the type of support trans people and LGBTQ2S people need and best practices in putting the patient first before jumping to conclusions. His gentle inquisitive method wins him the accolades of many patients. Dr. Makokis takes every opportunity to advocate for LGBTQ2S members outside of his practice and has again found himself at the forefront of human rights and acceptance. Transgender education in medicine is not very thorough in Canada, yet Dr. James Makokis has been so successful with his approach that some high-risk patients have told him that he has saved their life.

    He practices medicine with a unique brand of compassion, sensitiveness and love in his sincere effort to help patients suffering from gender dysphoria. His Two-Spirit perspective, personal journey and understandings of the wide variety of issues that affect Indigenous populations allows him to fully understand the different personality traits one may be facing when coming into his office.  He uses a progressive and holistic approach to medicine which is a patient-focused care practice with a holistic approach. He does his own research into different treatment methods, often combining natural remedies with today’s most effective medicine. Dr. Makokis teaches audiences how to provide effective treatment to Indigenous peoples and how to regain their trust by incorporating traditional values, traditional medicine, communication strategies, and cultural beliefs. Dr. Makokis is one of the very few that has first-hand knowledge of the trials and tribulations of transgender & Indigenous patients. His new-age approach to medicine is bringing new awareness that breaks away from current treatments and medical practices combining research and care for patient-focused treatment.

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Two-Spirt Youth - Safe Spaces & Community

  • It is the belief within Indigenous history that being Two-Spirt, is in having a high functioning intellect and an exceptional capacity for compassion. Historically, it is a celebratory term in that some people are born with the spirits of both genders (two spirits within one body) with the ability to express them perfectly. Traditional Indigenous bands assigned no moral gradient to love or sexuality, as one was judged and accepted for their character and their contributions to the community. The families of Two-Spirit individuals were considered lucky to be gifted by the Creator with a family member who could see the world through the eyes of both genders.

    Traditionally, Two-Spirit people were in large part at the foundation of the tribe. They held positions within their tribes that earned them great respect, such as mystics, visionaries, shamans, conjurers, keepers of the tribes’ traditions, cooks, matchmakers, weavers, potters and marriage counsellors. Female-bodied Two Spirits were fearless warriors, hunters, and typically engaged in what was typically considered to be men’s work.

    With the arrival of western settlers, Europeans forced their way into North America, colonial governments eagerly formed white power structures, land grabbed from Natives and implemented the genocidal conversion tactics that have defined the relationship between Native Americans and Euro-American governments. When some settlers such as Christopher Columbus encountered the Two-Spirit people, he and his crew threw them into pits with their war dogs and were torn limb from limb. The inhuman treatment Christians offered was only the beginning of what is considered now to compare to the holocaust on Turtle Island. With the imposition of European culture and Christianity, Two-Spirits were forced by Europeans and the assimilated Indigenous Peoples to conform to western gender roles in that period.

    Dr. James Makokis shares the history, different forms of Two-Spirit and his personal experiences while growing up in a segregated community while identifying as Two-Spirit. With the effects of colonialism, patriarchy and western culture continues to impact the treatment of Two-Spirit peoples within and outside their communities. Much like individuals who identify as LGBT, Two-Spirit share discriminatory and layered forms of oppression which often brings exposure to a higher risk to suicide, addictions & mental health. Dr. Makokis shares strategic insights into how to best manage anyone being discriminated against based on their gender or sexuality while offering best practices for those supporting each other in personal relationships, community programs, the education system and in western society.

    Dr. Makokis shows us how to celebrates our indifferences and sheds light on our strengths. This presentation focuses on assisting program leaders, community leaders and parents to better understand what their child is going through. This presentation can be tailored to assist Two-Spirit & LGBT youth to better understand themselves as well as how to approach challenging situations with their peers and their families.

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Dr. Makokis' Customized Presentation Topics

  • Dr. James Makokis’ Customized Presentations on LGBTQ2 Topics: 

    • Hormone Replacement Therapy
    • Treatment of LGBTQ2 in Healthcare
    • Preventative Health
    • LGBTQ2/Two-Spirit Health
    • LGBTQ2 Support Systems
    • LGBTQ2/Two-Spirit Youth
    • Two-Spirit Variations and Celebration
    • Traditional History of Two-Spirit
    • LGBTQ2 Mental Health
    • LGBTQ2 Access to Health Services
    • LGBTQ2 Advocacy

    Dr. Makokis’ Custom Presentation for Indigenous Health Topics:

    • First Nation Health & Mental Health
    • Health and Nutrition in First Nation Communities
    • Cultural Centered Care and Services
    • Traditional Indigenous Medicine
    • Delivery of Health Services for First Nation Communities
    • First Nation Access to Health Services

    Dr. Makokis Customized Presentation on First Nation Topics:

    • Housing and Living Conditions on First Nation Communities
    • Traditional Culture and Values
    • Indigenous History
    • Truth and Reconciliation
    • Inter-sectional Trauma
    • Effects of Colonialism
    • First Nation Advocacy and Activism
    • Social Programming and Community Development
    • Generational Trauma
    • Intersectional Trauma
    • Indigenous Youth
    • Indigenous Resilience
    • Indigenous Leadership
    • First Nation Community Development/Engagement
    • Indigenous Education
    • Spirituality

    Dr. Makokis’ Customized Presentation Topics on Health and Healthcare Topics:

    • Health & Wellness
    • Mental Health
    • Nutrition
    • Public Health & Access
    • Healthcare Management
    • Patient-Focused Therapy
    • Health and Nutrition
    • Delivery of Healthcare Services
    • Access to Public Health
    • Preventative Medicine
    • HIV/AIDS
    • COVID-19
    • Infectious Disease
    • Diabetes
    • PTSD & Trauma
    • Suicide Prevention
    • Addictions
    • Family Violence
    • Seniors in Care
    • Program Evaluation

    Dr. James Makokis’ Customized Presentations for Worldview and Current Events:

    • Human Rights
    • Equality
    • Social Justice
    • Social Change
    • Activism
    • Advocacy
    • Social Responsibility
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The Makokis Family Speakers' Series

  • 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. This series is best suited for a half day or full day in person event.

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day Training

We value difference in people because of gifts they bring to the community. Your inspiring story shows us the true value of acceptance and diversity. Thank you for the wonderful presentation

Tuma Young

2-Spirited L'nu!

An amazing young Two Spirit leader. The future looks brighter because of leaders like him. Dr. James Makokis

Native Out

Thank you Doctor James Makokis for insightful and enlightening presentation at “Spirit of the Land” conference.

Bruce Hinkley

NDP Alberta

Dr. James Makokis is brilliant at explaining indigenous knowledge & approaches in relation to Western medicine & history

Chad Park

Chief Innovation Officer, Director, Sustainability Strategist

The Natural Step Canada, Energy Futures Lab, Partnership

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Dr. James Makokis CAN DELIVER CUSTOMIZED PRESENTATIONS WITHIN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF EXPERTISE & TOPIC THEMES

Expertise in

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Health and Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health & Mental Wellness
  • Peak Performance & Productivity
  • Personal Development & Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Team Building & Teamwork

Speaker Types

  • Adventurers & Mountain Climbers
  • Campus & University Speakers
  • Community Development
  • Conference Keynote
  • Corporate Entertainment & Entertainers
  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy
  • Education & Teachers
  • Family & Parenting
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Gender Equality
  • Guest Panelist & Guided Q&A
  • Health and Safety
  • Healthcare
  • Indigenous
  • Inspirational
  • Lifestyle & Health
  • Master of Ceremonies & Event Hosts
  • Motivation
  • Patient Safety & Patient Care
  • Psychological Safety
  • Racial Justice
  • Social Justice & Human Rights
  • Staff Appreciation & Employee Recognition
  • Sustainable Development
  • Youth Leadership & Students
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Are you looking to hire Dr. James Makokis for your event? Dr. James Makokis Edmonton, Alberta is a dynamic and engaging speaker that offers audiences researched content paired with expertise and a dynamic speaking ability. Dr. James Makokis is also a Canadian corporate consultant and coach and facilitates workshops and training sessions for a corporate audience. Dr. James Makokis is an expert keynote presenter and speaks on wide variety of topics. Hiring a great speaker for your event is important and working with a thought leader like Dr. James Makokis from Speakers Canada’s roster will engage audiences into the content of the presentation to bring awareness and a fresh perspective for their approach to their work and their lives. Book Dr. James Makokis to educate, motivate and activate the audience through an interactive and entertaining presentation at corporate meetings and gatherings.

Known as a popular key note speaker in Canada, Dr. James Makokis creates life changing experiences for the participants with practical insights and strategic advice they can implement right after the session. Working with a one our leading expert speaker like Dr. James Makokis from Edmonton, Alberta offers organizations a fresh perspective to assist the people of the organization. No matter if it is a government, association, or business crowd, Dr. James Makokis is a perfect speaker for your event. Through unique practical insights for trending topics and years experience speaking to different organizations, Dr. James Makokis focuses on changing individuals to make better decisions at work and their lives. No matter if you are holding an in person or virtual event, having an influential speaker such as Dr. James Makokis will engage, motivate, and activate the audience to make a change in their lives and inspire action for results to meet organizational goals. Your workforce will benefit from Dr. James Makokis’s presentations and speeches, with measurable results set to shift the people of the organization and core direction of the company. Book Dr. James Makokis speaker for your annual general meeting, conference, summit, or convention in Canada.

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Dr. James Makokis is an expert professional key note speaker with a lot of experience speaking and delivering engaging talks to organizations and audiences in Canada. Each of Speaker Bureau Canada’s talent have different ways to assess their fees, and Dr. James Makokis speaker fee ranges depending on the size of the audience, event format (in person or virtual), event location, and if the organization booking them is a non profit, association, government department/government agency or business/corporation. The speakers we work with are flexible with their fees, and it is important for us to learn more about your event before we approach them, as it is our role to work for you, and to help you find a speaker within budget. 

Please contact Speakers Bureau of Canada and provide us with your event details so that we can contact Dr. James Makokis to check availability or confirm the pricing and associated costs to hire a great speaker like Dr. James Makokis for your event. As Dr. James Makokis's agent and as a Canadian top speaker bureau and talent agency for speakers, we are able to propose each event opportunity from each host organization’s behalf to try to help you get in touch with Dr. James Makokis and confirm them for your in person or online meeting/event. We can also provide and advise on the booking process and potentially negotiate their fee. Speakers Canada is a client focused speaker agency, and we work for you in finding good speakers for your team meetings and booking processes.

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When SBC receives a request to book Dr. James Makokis we provide you with their speaker fees, travel costs and check their schedules. We work closely with the host organization’s event planning team and the speaker to handle the logistics and to relay or negotiate associated costs. Our talented team members then will work with our talent directly or their agent/manager/assistant to confirm the Canadian speaker fee and travel expenses, so that event planning teams can receive an official quote for the speaker appearing at the event. Speaker fees and travel costs vary per speaker and our role is to contact Dr. James Makokis about your event, after we have connected with the event organizers to learn all the event details and/or conference program. Each booking request is unique since session durations and audience sizes can vary which may affect the speaker’s fees. If you are looking to hire Dr. James Makokis, we recommend filling out the booking request form so a booking agent from Speakers Bureau Canada can get in touch with our talent to help you coordinate with your team to engage the speaker for a successful event.

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