Damien Lee

Dr. Damien Lee is a cis-gendered racially-white man who belongs with the Anishinaabeg of the northern shore of Lake Superior. He was adopted as an infant into Fort William First Nation in accordance with Anishinaabe law, and raised as Anishinaabe by his family. Damien is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University, and is also an Associate Fellow at the Yellowhead Institute, a First Nations-led research center that supports Indigenous self-determination. His name, Zoongde (pronounced “zohng-day”), was given to him by his friend and Elder, Gitigaa Migize (Doug Williams), of Curve Lake First Nation, in 2011.

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