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Thursday, February 6 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Diversity and Inclusion - Race, Gender & Sexuality

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As a Cree two-spirit doctor, Dr. James Makokis has an incredible firsthand understanding of the resilience of not one but two underrepresented communities. He has one of one of the most unique perspectives on the importance of acceptance and equal treatment regarding cultural, gender, sexuality and racial differences. 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 from trans patients, LGBTQ2 and First Nation peoples experience in facing different types of challenges and discrimination. He will shed light on the type of support individuals and organizations can provide in order to create an equal and accepting workplace. Anthony Johnson grew up on a First Nation community in the USA, he faced similar challenges, social circumstances, and lack of access that many First Nation communities face in Canada. As a youth, Johnson struggled to find personal value and social acceptance within the societal structures such as family, peer groups, and members of his community. He knew that things had to change for him and that he was going to have to work harder to accomplish more than an average citizen because of his social circumstances. It was in these years' which propelled Anthony to focus and find value through education and giving back to his community. He found that through human connection, Anthony was able to remove stereotypes and prejudices people might of had of race, gender and sexuality. Johnson went down a new path of restoration with a passion to make real change in each other which will then change systems and social structures that promote inequality. Dr. James Makokos and Anthony Johnson were married during the 2017 BMO Harris Vancouver Marathon. The married couple then represented the LGBTQ2 community as the first Two-Spirit Team (Team Ahkameyimok) on AMAZING RACE CANADA. They faced many obstacles during the season, escaping elimination on three separate occasions. Their resilience, teamwork and communication improved episode after episode and their “never give up” attitude showed the world the inner strength of Two Spirit resilience. Dr. James Makokis and Anthony Johnson teach audiences how to identify and remove unconscious bias, stereotypes and stigmas so that individuals can improve on their perspectives and focus on solutions for a brighter future. They focus on how to lift each other up and incorporate acceptance for anyone so that we can do more together without focus on matters that separate us from ourselves and other people. 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 united strength for success and equality.

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Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson’s life has never been easy. Growing up in a First Nation community in the USA, he faced similar challenges, social circumstances, and lack of access that many First Nation communities face in Canada. As a youth, Johnson struggled to find personal value and social... Read More →
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Dr. James Makokis

Dr. James Makokis is a proud Cree from the Saddle Lake First Nation in Northern Alberta. He is one of Canada’s most accomplished experts in a variety of fields, including those in and outside of the Indigenous culture. Few individuals can offer such a diverse and unique perspective... Read More →

Thursday February 6, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
ECC: Hall D 9797 Jasper Ave
  Feature / Conférencier  Inclusive Education / Éducation Inclusive
  • Chairperson Annie Drapeau - L'Unité Locale Francophone #24
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2000
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English