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Our Team

Melanie Lizotte
B.A. M.Ed.

Melanie Lizotte is a member of the Metis Nation of Alberta. Melanie is a CCAB certified Indigenous Cultural Awareness Trainer and Owner and Director of Inspired Connections Consulting – a CCAB Certified Indigenous Business.


Melanie has a Master of Education Degree in

Human Rights Policy Studies and Intercultural

Education from the University of Alberta and has

obtained certification in Indigenous Community -

Industry Relations from the University of Alberta.


Melanie trained for 3 years with internationally renowned psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Perry in

Trauma Responsive Education and is now certified as an Advanced Trainer in the

Neuro-Sequential Model of Education. This has enabled her to provide professional

development sessions in Trauma Responsive Education to teachers and

administrators in Indigenous communities in Alberta and British Columbia.


Melanie also has a long history serving as a National Manager of Indigenous Relations

for a national infrastructure construction company where she has led the nationwide

Indigenous Relations program including the creation and implementation of the

company’s Indigenous Community Engagement Policy and directing the company

through CCAB PAR Certification.

Dr. Patricia 

Dr. Patricia Makokis has a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.), with a major in leadership from the University of San Diego. Dr. Makokis is acclaimed as one of Canada’s most outstanding Aboriginal leaders. Dr. Makokis was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of San Diego amongst other awards.


Dr. Makokis is an instructor at the University of Alberta and at Yellowhead Tribal College where she teaches in the Indigenous Community Industry Program which she developed along with Indigenous Elders. 


Dr. Makokis is an internationally acclaimed film producer and her films Treaty Talk and Awasisak Our Future  ( have received many awards at international film festivals. 


She is the mother of two grown children, Janice Makokis, who graduated with a degree in law, and James Makokis, a Medical Doctor. Pat and her husband Eugene reside on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation (Northeastern Alberta).  

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