Dr. James Makokis Family Physician; Kinokamasihk Nehiyô Nation, South Common Medical Centre; Associate Clinical Professor - Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta; Adjunct Lecturer - Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Professor, Yellowhead Tribal College
Dr. James Makokis is a nehiyô (Plains Cree), Two Spirit physician from Onihcikiskwapiwinihk (Saddle Lake Cree Nation) who practices Family Medicine in Kinokamasihk (Kehewin Cree Nation) and South Edmonton. His passion drives him to elevate the nehiyô health system, which includes the use of nehiyô maskihkiya (Cree medicines). In addition to his work with First Nations Peoples, Dr. Makokis has a strong interest in providing high quality care to the Trans q-mmunity. Outside his clinical practice, Dr. Makokis has served as Chairperson of the Indigenous Wisdom Council of Alberta Health Services, and is a Board Member of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute of Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto. He holds a Masters of Health Science from the University of Toronto and is a recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award. Dr. Makokis is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta and an Adjunct Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. He is a recipient of the Indspire Award (Formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Award). He believes in the importance of nehiyô cihcikewina (ceremonies), nehiyawewin (the Cree language), and nehiyô mamitoneyitamowin (Cree thought) and for all Indigenous Peoples to be able to access these without barriers. He married his husband Anthony Johnson during the 2017 Vancouver International Marathon, where they said “I do, at KM 32.” Together they competed as “Team Ahkameyimok” in Season 7 of The Amazing Race Canada and won while bringing attention to several important messages including MMIW, two spirit and transgender issues, “Water Is Life,” Treaty and Indigenous languages.