Damien Lee


Dr. Damien Lee is a cis-gendered racially-white man who belongs with 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. Dr. Lee’s research focuses primarily on the resurgence of Indigenous legal and governance systems. Mentored by Anishinaabe knowledge holders Doug Williams and Marlene Pierre, Dr. Lee is an assistant professor in Ryerson University’s Department of Sociology, and an associate fellow at the Yellowhead Institute.


  • Lee, Damien, “Responses to Section 10: A Review of Band Membership Challenges in Canada,” a paper submitted to Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, Collaborative Process: Defining Our Nations Consultations on Indian Registration, Band Membership, and First Nation Citizenship (2019).
  • Lee, Damien, “Adoption Constitutionalism: Anishinaabe Citizenship Law at Fort William First Nation,” Alberta Law Review 56 (2019): 785-816. https://www.albertalawreview.com/index.php/ALR/article/view/2523.
  • Lee, Damien, “Adoption is (Not) a Dirty Word: Towards an Adoption-Centric Theory of Anishinaabeg Citizenship.” Native Peoples Child & Family Review 10, no. 1 (2015): 86-98. http://journals.sfu.ca/fpcfr/index.php/FPCFR/article/view/242
  • Lee, Damien, “In the Shoes of the Other: Reclaiming Indigenous Authenticity from Colonial Logics of Difference.” In Critical Inquiries: A Reading in Studies of Canada, edited by Lynn Caldwell, Carrianne Leung and Darryl Leroux, 144-161. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 2013.
  • Lee, Damien, “Placing Knowledge as Resurgence.” InTensions: The Resurgence of Indigenous Women’s Knowledge and Resistance in Relation to Land and Territoriality: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 6 (2011). http://www.yorku.ca/intent/issue6/articles/damienlee.php
  • Lee, Damien, “Windigo Faces: Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations Serving Canadian Colonialism.” Canadian Journal of Native Studies 31, no. 2 (2011): 133-153.
  • Lee, Damien, “Echoes of Impermanence: Kanesatake, Bimaadiziiwin and the Idea of Canada.” In This is an Honour Song: Twenty Years After the Blockades, edited by Leanne Simpson and Kiera Ladner, 235-243. Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2010