Makokis Family

A Full Indigenous Perspective

The 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, they have become leading experts for a wide variety of organizations in providing an Indigenous perspective on any topic. Not only are they experts on so many topics, but they are also leading grass root movements through their leadership for social justice through allyship as they move across the country to raise awareness for to creating a joint effort for equality for First Nation and all Canadians. The 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. The 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.

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