Two Spirit Diversity - Race, Gender, Sexuality & Unconscious Bias Keynote: Dr. Jason Makokis
Monday January 23, 2023, 12:00 – 13:00 ET

Dr. James Makokis has an incredible first-hand experience in growing up as a Two-Spirit in a segregated and marginalized community. He has one of the most unique perspectives on the importance of acceptance and equal treatment regarding cultural, gender, sexuality and racial differences. Two-Spirit is a contemporary English term to reflect gender diversity that Indigenous nations have always had. Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the world yet many individuals face personal challenges in achieving success. Dr. Makokis combines his story with practical insights on how to create accepting spaces where EVERYONE can prosper by incorporating an accepting attitude to anyone that is outside of social norms. He will share how to identify and acknowledge our unconscious bias, which often creates and reinforces stereotypes and stigmas which then negatively impact our relationships. Dr. Makokis teaches how to become an ally to refocus our relationships to be accepting, safe and supportive. This presentation will provide key learnings for individuals and organizations that work to create new inclusive programs for diverse populations.