Understanding and Coming to Terms with Historic Trauma: It’s a lifelong journey! (April 27)

As part of the Anti-Racism in the EdTechnosphere Speaker Series

April 27, 2022 | 4:00-5:00pm PST

Dr. Patricia Makokis will share her path of personal and professional learning as a front line teacher – principal of a school where trauma rolled out daily. She will share why all educators should learn about trauma and become trauma informed if we wish to move towards reconcili-ACTION. How do we become more compassion centered schools and workplaces of learning? Why might this be important as Canada (all institutions) come to terms with the colonial history of Canada? We are all called into this work together. To change the future, I must look at ME first. How do I look at the hard truths of colonialism and the impacts of that historic trauma going forward? We do this one step at a time TOGETHER! Watch, www.treatywalk.com for one aspect of how we do this work together.

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About Dr. Patricia Makokis

Patricia Makokis resides on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation with her husband Eugene, and sometimes adult children Janice and James pop in for visits and sleepovers. Dr. Makokis is kokum to 7 year old grandson, Atayoh. The Makokis family stay close to the community, recognizing that their job is “service,” and they all remain focused on sharing community based needs in ways that demonstrate their deep love and commitment to service; service to and for the PEOPLE.

Patricia has been a front line teacher, a vice principal, a principal, and for the last 25 years or so, an educator at the post secondary level. She has taught in both mainstream, (western), and tribal institutions of higher learning. Currently she is teaching an on-line, master of educational leadership class for the U of A.

She studied at the University of Alberta, San Diego State University, and attained her Doctor of Education degree from the University of San Diego. Her doctoral research looked at why First Nations students dropped out of provincial high schools. That academic work took her on the path of learning and coming face to face with understanding historic trauma and the long term, intergenerational impacts of trauma.