In 2015, Don Rusnak was elected as the first Indigenous Member of Parliament to represent the riding of Thunder Bay—Rainy River. In this role, he also served as the first chair of the Liberal Indigenous Caucus. In September of 2017 MP Rusnak was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services, a new ministry created to advance the reconciliation process between the Government of Canada and Indigenous People.
Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Don is the proud son of Anishinaabe and Ukrainian parents. He studied Political Science and Integrated Forest Resource Management at Lakehead University, and continued his education at the University of Manitoba and Osgoode Hall, where he studied Law.
Prior to entering politics Don worked at Manitoba Health, helping improve health care delivery for Northern Manitobans. He served as a Crown Prosecutor in Eastern Alberta, where he prosecuted criminal and regulatory offences on behalf of the province, and as the interim Executive Director of Grand Council Treaty 3 in Kenora, where Don worked to improve the finances and function of the organization.
In order to be closer to his family and community, Don returned to Thunder Bay in 2010 and opened a legal practice, focusing on the respectful representation of community members across Northwestern Ontario.
Along with his roles as a Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary, Don is also the Director-at-Large of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Association, Co-Vice Chair of the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus and Vice Chair of the Canada-Nordic-Baltic Friendship Group.
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