Born and raised in Northwestern Ontario, Don has deep roots in Thunder Bay–Rainy River and is the proud son of Ukrainian and Anishinaabe parents.
Don has extensive professional experience from his work in the forestry industry, public sector, and his own legal practice. Don worked to improve the delivery of healthcare services for Northern Manitobans while at Manitoba’s Department of Health. Don also served as a Crown Prosecutor in Eastern Alberta, and as the interim Executive Director for Grand Council Treaty #3 in Kenora, Ontario.
Don has volunteered with many organizations, such as the Ontario Justice Education Network and the Martin Family Initiative, a group which improves elementary and secondary school education outcomes for First Nations, Métis Nation, and Inuit students in Canada.
Don studied Political Science and Integrated Forest Resource Management at Lakehead University. In 2001, Don attended the University of Manitoba, Robson Hall Faculty of Law, and attended Osgoode Hall Law School during his final year to study in the Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments.