The Amazing Two Spirit Couple, Dr. James Makokis and Anthony Johnson, were the Special Guest Speakers at the 2nd mino-ayā-win “we’re feeling good” Indigenous Mental Health & Wellness Forum on November 16, 2022.
The forum was an in-person event held at the Regina Campus.
FNUniv invited the couple to touch on topics such as:
In 2019, Dr. Makokis competed alongside his husband Anthony Johnson as “Team Ahkameyimok” on the Amazing Race Canada and won, becoming the first two-spirit, Indigenous, married couple in the world to do so. The Amazing Two Spirit Couple is on a mission to raise awareness to create equal access for LGBTQ2S+ & Indigenous populations. Their ability to blend their personal experiences with high level expertise creates new foundations of understanding for acceptance of individuals while empowering individuals to give them tools and strategies for how they can be a part of the solution through ally ship and unity.
In response to the need to support the health and wellness of our Indigenous communities, the First Nations University of Canada hosted a virtual Indigenous Health and Wellness forum with half-day sessions March 24 & 25, 2022.
The topics focused on Indigenous perspectives on wellness, mental health, lateral violence to lateral kindness, and community health.
Anthony Johnson and Dr. James Makokis
Season 7 Winners – Amazing Race Canada
Dr. Makokis provided inspirational stories and practical insights on how his own experience in being excluded and segregated as a First Nation and Two-Spirit person. He offered practical insights for teaching others about the importance of spirituality, health, self-confidence, community access, support, and policies to help improve the quality of life for Indigenous and LGBTQ2 peoples. Dr. Makokis has faced off with many Government leaders and is at the forefront of shifting Government and individuals’ perspectives on Indigenous and Non-Indigenous best practices. Dr. Makokis is a leader among Canadian First Nation community and is a primary resource for the Provincial and National Governments and many Alberta Health Service Agencies. Dr. Makokis is always the highlight of every event and often leaves audiences wanting to hear more.
Anthony Johnson’s story and presentations always leave the audience with a stronger understanding of the challenges individuals from the LGBTQ2 and First Nation communities face. He also delivered practical solutions for individuals to better understand their role and responsibility to treat others inclusively and with respect with a strong focus on the importance of prioritizing equality at work and in society.
Brigette Lacquette, the first First Nations Player named to Team Canada
March 24, 2022
March 25, 2022