Janice Makokis is a nehiyaw iskwew (Cree woman) and mother to son Atayoh Kan Asiniy (Spirit Rock) Makokis from Onihcikiskwapiwin (Saddle Lake Cree Nation) of Treaty No. 6 Territory in what is now called Alberta. She holds a joint position between Yellowhead Tribal Council and the Faculty of Extension (University of Alberta) as an Indigenous Relations/ Policy Advisor/ Faculty Instructor and works to develop curriculum/ programming within the Faculty’s Indigenous programs. She holds a B.A. in Native Studies (minor Political Science) from the University of Alberta, an M.A. in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria and an L.L.B. (Bachelor of Laws) from the University of Ottawa. She has co-authored articles and assisted in research that has been published.