Makokis Family
A Full Indigenous Perspective
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Makokis Family is one of Canada’s recognizable Indigenous Families who talk through their Grass Roots on Leadership & Advocacy, education reform, human rights & many more. Makokis Family are all humble, down to earth & have a true passion to create the change Canadians need, creating new bridges & to rectify the past treatment of Indigenous Peoples.

Expertise in

  • Change Management
  • Communications
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Health and Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health & Mental Wellness
  • Business Management

Speaker Types

  • Campus & University Speakers
  • Community Development
  • Conference Keynote
  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy
  • Economic Development
  • Education & Teachers
  • Environment & Climate Change

MAKOKIS FAMILY BIOGRAPHY

Makokis Family have become one of Canada’s most recognizable Indigenous Families. Through their Grass Roots Leadership & Advocacy in areas such as; education reform, human rights, government relations, health, legalities, Treaty Rights, social programming access and so many more, Makokis Family have become leading experts for a wide variety of organizations in providing an Indigenous perspective on any topic. Not only Makokis Family are experts on so many topics, but they are also leading grass root movements through their leadership for social justice through allyship as Makokis Family move across the country to raise awareness for to creating a joint effort for equality for First Nation and all Canadians. Makokis Family are all humble, down to earth and have a true passion to create the change Canadians need, create new bridges and to rectify the past treatment of Indigenous Peoples while paving the way for our future. Makokis Family can work together or as an individual to draft up different types of presentations from a broad or technical perspective.

Dr. Patricia Makokis, Ed.D., is acclaimed as one of Canada’s most outstanding Indigenous leaders and First Nation experts for over 20 years. Her warm speaking style engages the audience and incorporates relevant humour and anecdotes to make her points. Mother of Dr. James Makokis and Janice Makokis, and in working with many provincial, federal and First Nation organizations. She has become internationally renowned for her presentations and her contributions to Indigenous groups, post secondary education institutions, and Government agencies across Canada. The vital and necessary guiding principles of her Indigenous values are deeply rooted in the worship and respect for the land and the environment. As one of Canada’s leading activists of change for First Nation rights, equality and awareness, Dr. Patricia Makokis continues to create new conversations on the effects of colonialism, systems of oppression and educating Canadians to better understand the Truth of Canadian/Indigenous history and relations for a synergistic approach to gender and racial equality.  Dr. Patricia Makokis blends the Indigenous values and culture with western perspectives for a worldview. Dr. Patricia has addressed numerous audiences across Canada and around the world in the fields of women’s rights, TRC Calls to Action, family violence, Indigenous values, parenting, diversity, inclusion, equality, social programming, social services, education, effects of colonialism, generational trauma, missing and murdered Indigenous women, human rights, community development, intersectional trauma, generational trauma, 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 for her knowledge, abilities and her passion to help First Nation Communities become whole again. She has been instrumental in Alberta to raise awareness, develop strategic action plans, develop policy, rewriting educational content and advocate for First Nation peoples and communities. Dr. Patricia Makokis was the lead educator during the Davis Inlet Crisis where there were numerous suicides and the children and youth were relocated to a school/treatment center in an emergency situation to stop the trend.

Janice Makokis is an active lawyer, consultant and Indigenous leader within and outside of the Indigenous community. 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 Indigenous advocacy, women’s rights, education of the non-Indigenous population, social justice and acknowledgement for the past and current treatment of aboriginals today and represents a real change for Indigenous peoples and Canadians, that so many individuals and communities are seeking for. Janice consults many Government Institutions, and First Nation Communities on Reconciliation and Treaty Rights, and how they are intertwined with one another. Her the educative and inspirational message addresses how Canadians and First Nation Communities can better understand the past, current and future state of our relationships and to create equal First Nation treatment through formulating partnerships where we all work together to improve relations with one another. 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. Janice has addressed numerous audiences across Canada and around the world in the fields of women’s rights, TRC Calls to Action, family violence, Women’s rights, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Indigenous values, parenting, diversity, inclusion, equality, social programming, social services, violence against women, education, community development, inter-sectional trauma, generational trauma, justice, and health.

Janice Makokis & Dr. Patricia Makokis They offer audience a unique perspective by presenting a session as a pair. They can cover any topic related to the Indigenous perspective and are on a mission to change the outcomes for First Nation communities and Indigenous populations in Canada.

Dr. James Makokis is one of Canada’s leading experts related to Indigenous culture, traditions, values, and customs. Dr. Makokis also currently heads one of Canada’s leading LGBTQ2 and Transgender focused medical practices and commits himself to save lives through his progressive empathetic approach to medicine. His approach to medicine incorporates First Nation healing practices to connect the mind, body, and spirit for his patients. Dr. Makokis is a role model within the LGBTQ2, Medical, and Indigenous communities as he regularly consults numerous organizations on mental health, preventative health, health access, health and wellness, diversity, inclusion, housing access, cultural sensitive medicine, patient-focused medical practices, health, social programming, social services, and social policies for any institute or organization that is working to create a better experience and equal treatment for all. Dr. Makokis provides information on his struggling years as a youth, and his resiliency to become who he is today. Dr. James Makokis and his partner Anthony Johnson also recently became the first Two-Spirit team to compete on the Amazing Race Canada and are both getting national attention for their participation on the show, while bringing new awareness to gender, sexuality, and First Nation issues. Dr. Makokis will provide inspirational stories and practical insights on how his own experience in being excluded and segregated as a First Nation and Two-Spirit person. He offers practical insights for teaching others about the importance of spirituality, health, self-confidence, community access, support, and policies to help improve the quality of life for Indigenous and LGBTQ2 peoples. Dr. Makokis has faced off with many Government leaders and is at the forefront of shifting Government and individuals perspectives on Indigenous and Non-Indigenous best practices. Dr. Makokis is a leader among Canadian First Nation community and is a primary resource for the Provincial and National Governments and many Alberta Health Service Agencies. Dr. Makokis is always the highlight of every event and often leaves audiences wanting to hear more. Most organizations book him for a keynote and breakout session on the same day. Dr. James Makokis works with clients to construct customized presentations on a wide variety of topics related to systematic oppression, discrimination, racism, diversity & inclusion, Indigenous history, colonialism, segregated communities, two-spirit experiences, LGBTQ2 rights/awareness, Indigenous awareness, resilience, overcoming adversity and many more topics related to healthcare or First Nation peoples/communities. He also develops customized presentations to address ally ship, Indigenous and non-Indigenous roles toward reconciliation, TRC Calls to action and/or current events such as the recent discovery of the residential school victims.

Anthony Johnson graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2008. Johnson’s life has been full of dedicating his career and his time to countless numbers of non-profit organizations, social movements, and councils. He also has a very dedicated career as an international businessman. He has recently taken the time to slow down and reconnect with his Navajo Heritage. Ideally, he would have found work on the reservation, but because the unemployment rate is around 48.5%, it was next to impossible. Thus, he earned money by providing whatever services he could to whoever they would help. Though this initially started as a means to an end, it turned into a meaningful life experience that has taught him the power of connecting with others. Johnson’s story is one of hope, overcoming adversity, dealing with racism, activism, community engagement and success. His customized presentations can be presented alone or with his partner Dr. James Makokis, who has a very similar story to Johnson. Johnson delivers sessions that are tailored to the event theme, the desired learning outcomes of the presentation and each member of the audience. His story and his presentations always leave the audience with a stronger understanding of the challenges individuals from the LGBTQ2 and First Nation communities face. He also delivers practical solutions for individuals to better understand their role and responsibility to treat others inclusively and with respect with a strong focus on the importance of prioritizing equality at work and in society. He also delivers presentations on social responsibility, social enterprise, First Nation business opportunities, community development, and philanthropy. Anthony Johnson works with clients to construct customized presentations on a wide variety of topics related to systematic oppression, discrimination, racism, diversity & inclusion, Indigenous history, colonialism, segregated communities, two-spirit experiences, LGBTQ2 rights/awareness, Indigenous awareness, mental health, suicide prevention, addictions, resilience, health and wellness, self-confidence, teamwork, leadership and overcoming adversity. He also develops customized presentations to address ally ship, Indigenous and non-Indigenous roles toward reconciliation, TRC Calls to action and/or current events such as the recent discovery of the residential school victims.

Anthony Johnson and Dr. James Makokis are the first and only Two-Spirit team to compete on the Amazing Race Canada and received national attention for their participation on the show, while bringing new awareness to gender, sexuality and First Nation issues. They fought hard challenge after challenge eventually to become the winners of Season 7! They are both now speaking across Canada sharing the stories of their experience on the Amazing Race Canada while continuing to raise awareness and advocate for First Nation and LGBTQ2 individuals.

RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS - CANADIAN HISTORY VS INDIGENOUS TRUTHS

  • 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 key 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 separate 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 subjective 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 diverse 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.

  • Keynote Presentation

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Makokis Family CAN DELIVER CUSTOMIZED PRESENTATIONS WITHIN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF EXPERTISE & TOPIC THEMES

Expertise in

  • Change Management
  • Communications
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Health and Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health & Mental Wellness
  • Peak Performance & Productivity
  • Personal Development & Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Business Management

Speaker Types

  • Campus & University Speakers
  • Community Development
  • Conference Keynote
  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy
  • Economic Development
  • Education & Teachers
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Family & Parenting
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Funny & Comedy
  • Gender Equality
  • Health and Safety
  • Healthcare
  • Indigenous
  • Infrastructure & Urban Planning
  • Inspirational
  • Lifestyle & Health
  • Master of Ceremonies & Event Hosts
  • Motivation
  • Politics & Government
  • Social Justice & Human Rights
  • Sustainable Development
  • Youth Leadership & Students
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Are you looking to hire Makokis Family for your event? Makokis Family Edmonton, Alberta is a dynamic and engaging speaker that offers audiences researched content paired with expertise and a dynamic speaking ability. Makokis Family is also a Canadian corporate consultant and coach and facilitates workshops and training sessions for a corporate audience. Makokis Family 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 Makokis Family 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 Makokis Family 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, Makokis Family 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 Makokis Family 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, Makokis Family is a perfect speaker for your event. Through unique practical insights for trending topics and years experience speaking to different organizations, Makokis Family 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 Makokis Family 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 Makokis Family’s presentations and speeches, with measurable results set to shift the people of the organization and core direction of the company. Book Makokis Family speaker for your annual general meeting, conference, summit, or convention in Canada.

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Please contact Speakers Bureau of Canada and provide us with your event details so that we can contact Makokis Family to check availability or confirm the pricing and associated costs to hire a great speaker like Makokis Family for your event. As Makokis Family'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 Makokis Family 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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