MacEwan University, NorQuest College, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, University of Alberta and Concordia University of Edmonton are closing out National Indigenous Peoples History Month with messages from each institution’s executive and keynote speaker Dr. James Makokis (Bachelor of Science Transfer, ’01 and Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, ’19). Come join us to celebrate the month, reflect on some learnings, and hear from a panel about the each institution’s Indigenous student services centers are planning for the future.
Dr. 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.
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 culture, spirituality, health, self-confidence, community access, support,and policies to help improve the quality of life for Indigenous and LGBTQ2 peoples.
Panel discussion: The keynote presentation will be followed by a panel discussion facilitated by the Two Crees in a Pod podcast hosts, Amber Dion and Terri Suntjens, featuring:
Danielle Powder, Concordia University of Edmonton Derek Thunder, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Elliott Young, NorQuest College Jessie Letendre, University of Alberta Terri Suntjens, MacEwan University
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather in Treaty Six Territory is the traditional gathering place for many Indigenous people. We honour and respect the history, languages, ceremonies and culture of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who call this territory home.