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Friday, February 9 • 10:30 - 11:30
Culture, Resilience and The Importance of Student Support: Journey of Becoming a Two-Spirit Medical

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In this session, Dr. Makokis will draw on his own experiences of becoming a Family Physician. Interwoven with stories of growing up as a young two-spirit boy on a northeastern reserve, to practicing medicine and servicing a large transgender population including youth, he will share nehiyaw ("Plains Cree") teachings related to gender and sexual diversity. Nehiyawak have always had a strong kiskinohamâkewin ("Education" or "Teaching") grounded in culture, songs, spirituality (including ceremonies) and teachings related to the Land, Water, Sky that informed healthy child development. When given the opportunity to learn about such teachings, youth develop the strength and resilience to persevere and thrive in their educational studies. An overview of the nehiyaw 7 Stages of Life Teachings will be reviewed where much of this knowledge is embedded.

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Dr. James Makokis

Dr. James Makokis is well grounded in all matters relating to Indigenous cultures, traditions, values, and customs. He is one of Canada’s leading experts for Canadians and First Nation communities. Dr. Makokis currently heads one of Canada’s leading LGBTQ2 and Transgender focused... Read More →

Friday February 9, 2018 10:30 - 11:30 MST
Shaw CC: Salon 12 9797 Jasper Ave
  Feature / Conférencier  Inclusive Education / Éducation Inclusive
  • Chairperson Gloria Wolff - Parkland #10
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English