Leslee White-Eye is the nation’s newly elected Chief of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.
For the past 8 years, Leslee has been an Education Officer in the Aboriginal Education Office, Ministry of Education. Leslee began her teaching career at Antler River Elementary School in Chippewa. She then worked at a regional level for the Indigenous Education Coalition supporting 10 First Nation communities and urban organizations in Aboriginal education. There she learned about the importance of strong relationships with fellow First Nation communities and partners.
Leslee 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. Throughout all of these experiences, Leslee has enjoyed the strong support of her family including husband Dennis, three children, her parents and many aunties and uncles. Leslee also acknowledges the support of her extended family including the Three Fires Midewiwin and Sundance families and her work, sport and recreation families.
Chief White-Eye begins her term as the second woman chief for the nation in over 60 years. Arletta Silver was the first woman chief of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation appointed in the role in 1953.