Dr. James Makokis, M.D.
, born and raised on Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alberta, graduated Medical School from the University of Ottawa in 2010. He is currently a Family Physician at Siksika Health Services on the Siksika Blackfoot Nation, having completed his residency in the Aboriginal Family Medicine Program (Victoria, BC) in 2012. Dr. Makokis also holds a Master’s degree in Health Science-Community Nutrition from the University of Toronto. He was previously the National Spokesperson for the National Aboriginal Health Organization’s “Lead Your Way” youth role model program (2007-2009), promoting healthy lifestyles amongst Indigenous youth and communities across Canada. As a committed volunteer, Dr. Makokis has been involved in a number of community programs, working with street people in Edmonton, and supporting gays, lesbians and two-spirited Aboriginal youth. Dr. Makokis was the 2007 National Aboriginal Achievement Award Youth Recipient. His medical interests lie in health promotion and disease prevention, and working with Traditional Indigenous Knowledge holders to provide more holistic patient care.