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Dr. James Makokis is a proud Cree from the Saddle Lake First Nation in Northern Alberta. James received his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Nutrition and Food Sciences from University of Alberta in 2004, obtained a Masters in Health Science (M.H.Sc.) in Community Nutrition from the University of Toronto in 2006, acquired a Doctorate in Medicine (M.D) from the University of Ottawa in 2010 and became certified under the Aboriginal Family Medicine Training Program, University of British Columbia in 2012. He practices Family Medicine on the Siksika Blackfoot Nation in southern Alberta.

James is an unusual guy – very unusual. Not only is one of the few people to have attained such great heights with his formal education, he did it while having many adventures along the way. He traveled alongside the former Governor General Michaëlle Jean on a diplomatic mission to Brazil in 2007, he clowned alongside

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Dr. Patch Adams on a humanitarian clowning mission in the Amazon Jungle in 2008, served as the National Spokesperson for the National Aboriginal Health Organization’s “Lead Your Way” National Aboriginal Role Model Program from 2007-2009, and completed a half-Ironman all while in medical school.

James, like most gay persons, suffered the constant agonizing bullying of his peers. With the support of his parents and community, he overcame the challenges and succeeded beyond everyone’s expectations. James has also maintained his faith in Indigenous values and culture throughout his struggles; in fact it is his connection to Cree ceremonies that helped him overcome these adversities. It was not until later in his life that he discovered that he was a “Two Spirited Person”. “Two Spirit” is the contemporary term in Indigenous communities that describes sexual diversity, and recognizes the place one held in the Nation.

Dr. Makokis is an active volunteer and currently serves on several boards including, the inaugural Aboriginal Wisdom Committee of Alberta Health Services, Indspire (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation), the Two Spirit Circle of Edmonton Society, and the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada. James is also the recipient of the2007 National Aboriginal Achievement Special Youth Award, the highest recognition placed on an individual of the Indigenous community. He currently resides in Edmonton with his partner Robert. James and his partner, Robert, are featured in a same-sex partner, educational installment at the new Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Dr. Makokis is an articulate young man. He has presented on the subjects of Building on Indigenous Values to Generate Success, Bullying, Overcoming Adversity, Indigenous youth, health, nutrition, and Traditional Indigenous Medicine. James can address these topics alone or with his Mom, Patricia Makokis, Ed.D, or with his sister Janice Makokis, LLB, M.A, an Indigenous Governance consultant from Edmonton. Together they compose a formidable team to impress audiences everywhere.

Because James is a practicing Doctor, he needs considerable lead time to present. Please contact the Bureau at least three months in advance of any booking.

For more information contact the Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©: 1.866.420.3338 toll free info@speakersalberta.com
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