William Waboose Perry grew up in Fort William First Nation and Thunder Bay, Ontario. He has spent much of his academic and professional career focusing on Indigenous political and social issues in the North.
In 2013, William graduated from McGill University with a Master of Arts, focusing his studies on Indigenous and western political conceptions of land use. His Master’s thesis is entitled “Indigenous Food Sovereignty: Growing and Surviving as Indians”, an intentional etymological mix of 1. modern discussions around Indigenous survival through the promotion of food-focused cultural programs in communities, and 2. the historical conflict between [the Indigenous Peoples of Canada] and western colonial powers that invaded this continent with firearms and antithetical philosophies of land use.
After graduating from McGill, William worked for both the provincial government and First Nations in policy advisory roles. After several years in the field, he decided to continue his education by pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at the Lakehead University Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. As a law student, William volunteered and worked for two legal clinics serving underprivileged clients in northwestern Ontario. He also continued his longtime volunteering with the Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre in their justice circle program.
Now a licensee under the Law Society of Ontario, William is happy to begin his legal career at Falconers LLP where he continues to serve Indigenous communities as well as other groups and individuals in Ontario.