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James Makokis & Anthony Johnson

Dr. James Makokis and Anthony Johnson are two of Canada's leading experts for First Nation and LGBTQ2 peoples. They both grew up in remote First Nation communities that lacked public and community services. They are also both proud Two-Spirit and LGBTQ2 individuals. Growing up, James and Anthony often found themselves outside of social normalities and unaccepted in their peer groups. Community members often categorized them as being "different" even though Two-Spirit peoples are supposed to be celebrated in the Indigenous Community. That never stopped them from becoming who they are today. Coincidentally, Anthony and James overcame their challenges by committing themselves to their education and finding a strong value to give back to their communities. They have both become highly respected in their careers and are using their experiences advocate for Two-Spirit, LGBTQ2 and Indigenous individuals and communities to create accepting and equal opportunities for those who faced similar challenges as them.

Anthony and James recently participated on Season 7 of The Amazing Race Canada. They felt a responsibility to create a platform to bring awareness for those who may feel indifferent and to provide a strong example for young aboriginals and LGBTQ2 youth. Team Ahkameyimok became stronger together in every challenge on the Amazing Race Canada, all while shining light to their unique stories and experiences so that they could show all LGBTQ2 people, First Nation, and Canadians a real example of what can be achieved through perseverance, determination, and an accepting environment.