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Leslee White-Eye is the newest chief of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation

Just 64 years ago Indigenous women were not allowed to vote or run for office. Today, over 130 First Nations communities in Canada have elected women to lead their people. Like Leslee White-Eye of the Chippewan of the Thames First Nation in Ontario.

The Star Phoenix wrote an article about her and other women who are changing the nature of leadership. You can read the article here.

But what does this mean for our communities? Can we assume that because a woman is chief that things will be done differently? Do you think women in charge face extra pressures to be or act a certain way because they are women?

Photo source: Morris Lamont, The London Free Press

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