Leslee White-Eye provides a critical analysis of the ‘new’ approach to funding First Nations schooling on-reserve, the Interim Funding Approach (IFA). The brief explicates why this approach remains rooted in colonial ‘Indian’ federal education policies and offers the requirements for a strong First Nation led model of education.
Leslee White-Eye is the Structural Readiness Coordinator working in First Nations education and governance for the First Nations with Schools Collective an inter-nation table of eight First Nations in Ontario seeking jurisdiction over education. She is Fellow at the Mowat Centre, an independent public policy think tank and the former Chief of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and the nation’s 1st elected woman chief. She is Anishinaabe Ojibwe Kwe, mother, wife and community advocate with a focus on community development.