Damon Johnston has been an advocate for and within the Aboriginal community for over 30 years. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is a member of the Fort William First Nation in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He has held the position of the President of the Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg since 2007. Prior to this role, he was the Executive Director of the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre. Damon retired from the City of Winnipeg in 2005 where he served as the Community Resource Coordinator, Aboriginal Community. He was employed with the City of Winnipeg for 15 years in various roles from 1990 to 2005. Damon has worked in various positions including the Assistant Executive Director of the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre of Winnipeg for 5 years from 1984 to 1989 and he was elected as Secretary Treasurer of the Ontario Métis and Non Status Association from 1980 to 1982. He also served as a Correctional Officer and Probation Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Corrections from 1973 to 1978, and served with the Royal Canadian Navy in Halifax, Nova Scotia from 1966 to 1968. Damon graduated from the Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology and attained an Administrative Management Diploma in 1970. Currently Damon is an active volunteer on a number of Boards of Directors including: Chair, Addictions Foundation of Manitoba; Median Credit Union; Canadian Mental Health Association, Manitoba/Winnipeg Region; Board Director; Ndinawe; SEED Winnipeg, University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation