Leslee White-Eye is Anishinaabe Ojibwe from Deshkan Ziibing or Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. She is a former chief of her community and has experience working with private, municipal, provincial, federal governments and agencies on First Nation regulatory, economic development, environment and intergovernmental relationship building as a result.
Leslee has a passion for First Nation traditional governance structures, with leadership experience as a treaty council delegate while chief as one of five First Nations party to several treaties in the southwestern Ontario region.
Leslee has over 20 years of experience in First Nation relations, community development and education system change with experience working at the provincial, regional and local level. Leslee has helped build a network of First Nation leaders working to advance jurisdiction over education for their respective communities in her current role as Governance Director at the First Nations with Schools Collective.
Leslee coordinates cooperative spaces for participating First Nations to discuss education governance, schooling systems and intergovernmental relations with Canada, Ontario, and other allies.
Leslee advises and supports First Nation community decision makers with community-led approaches to governance structure setting and strategies for facing challenges in education governance and federal policy and regulatory change.
She is on the board of the Shareholder Association for Research and Education and Wasauksing First Nation’s M’Tigo Min Trust. She is a founding member of the Indigenous Women in Leadership Ontario and actively supports regional discussion on matters of interest to Indigenous leaders in the London region.
Leslee has a Master of Education degree in Education Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. She completed her Bachelor of Education degree at Nipissing University.