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Oct 04, 2018

Leslee White-Eye

October 4, 2018

Leslee White-Eye is the former Chief of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and the nation’s 1st elected woman chief. She is Anishinaabe Ojibwe from the Great Lakes region. She is currently providing education and Indigenous consulting services as the Structural Readiness Coordinator for 8 First Nations in Ontario seeking jurisdiction over education.
For the past 2 years Leslee, as Chief, has brought local, regional and national attention to the environment, the importance of water and how these important issues go hand in hand with First Nation treaty and Aboriginal rights and title.
Prior to being Chief, Leslee was an Education Officer for the Ontario Ministry of Education where she was responisible for writing the revised Native Studies curriculum and leading provincial feedback for the Native Language curriculum. In addition, she was also responsible for the coordination and project oversight of the first two Native Studies textbooks to be made available to Ontario secondary schools.
Leslee was recently honoured to receive a Honourary Doctorate of Laws from Western University. She earned her Political Science and Master of Education degrees at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and her teaching degree at Nipissing University in North Bay. She has served as a trustee on Chippewa’s Thunderbird Trust for eight years. She currently sits as a Board member of Kings’ University College in London, Ontario and as Chair of the Board of the Wuulaawsuwiikaan Healing Lodge at Munsee-Delaware First Nation.