Janice Makokis is a nehiyaw iskwew (Cree woman) and mother from Onihcikiskwapiwin (Saddle Lake Cree Nation) of Treaty No. 6 Territory in what is now called Alberta (Canada). She is an indigenous legal scholar, indigenous researcher, a truth teller and an educator. Currently, Janice works with various Indigenous Nations in the area of Treaty advocacy and protection, the development and implementation of Indigenous laws and land based Indigenous education and governance initiatives. She is sessional Faculty at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Extension’s Indigenous programs and Yellowhead Tribal College’s Indigenous Governance program. She served as the co-chair/ co-coordinator on the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus (NAIPC) from 2013-2016, a voluntary Indigenous body that makes recommendations to the agenda items to be addressed by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She was a part of the core organizing group for the Idle No Movement.
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