OUR HISTORY

The Six Nations of the Grand River unifies all Haudenosaunee peoples under the Great Tree of Peace. We are currently the only First Nation community that includes all six Haudenosaunee nations. Located along the banks of the Grand River, the Six Nations of the Grand River is the most populous First Nation in Canada.

We have a long and rich history with Settler Canada, stretching back to the American Revolution when we were allied with the British in return for our loyalty, we were promised lands under the Treaty of Haldimand. Our current territory is only a fraction of the promised area.

OUR nations

Seneca,

Onondowahgah

Meaning The People of the Great Hill, also referred to as the Large Dark Door.

Cayuga,

Guyohkohnyoh

Meaning The People of the Great Swamp.

Onondaga,

Onundagaono

Meaning The People of the Hills.

Oneida,

Onayotekaono

Meaning The People of the Upright Stone.

Mohawk,

Kanienkahagen

Meaning The People of the Flint.

Tuscarora,

known as Ska-Ruh-Reh

Meaning The Shirt Wearing People.

58th Elected CouNcil

Meet our Chief

Chief Mark B. Hill

Chief Mark B. Hill was born and raised on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and is a member of the Mohawk Nation and Bear clan. In 2010, Mark was elected as the youngest-ever Councillor to the Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council at the age of nineteen. After serving three terms as Councillor, he then ran for Chief in 2019 and became the youngest-ever Elected Chief of Six Nations at the age of 29.

A passionate advocate for his people, Chief Hill is particularly dedicated to youth empowerment and was a Co-Founder of the Six Nations Youth Council. Through the Chiefs of Ontario, Mark served 5 years on the Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council. During the same time, he also served as the Co-Chair to the Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council.

Mark attended the International Visitors Leadership Exchange Program (IVLP) in 2016 where he learned more about key global and domestic issues, and foreign policy. Additionally, he was an Indigenous Advisor at the Suncor Committee where he included youth voices in executive decisions through the energy sector.

Chief Hill obtained his Ontario Secondary School Diploma with an Honours from Brantford Collegiate Institute and went on to achieve a diploma in Business Marketing from Mohawk College. He is currently serving as the Co-Chair of the Indigenous Education Council (IEC) at McMaster for a two-year term. He is responsible for upholding, promoting and advocating for inclusion of Indigenous voices through governance and educational institutions and supporting the needs of Indigenous students, staff, and faculty members.

He completed the “Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities” program at Harvard Business School in 2022. Where he is developing his skills in leading communities, change management, organizational behaviour and entrepreneurial finance. Mark is dedicated to continuous learning for the betterment of himself and his community and he is fiercely devoted to seeking accountability and justice for Indian Residential School and Indian Day School Survivors.

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Mark B. Hill

Councillors

Councillor Sherri Lyn Hill
519-717-7855

Councillor Melba I. Thomas
519-732-2869

Councillor Hazel Johnson
519-732-2169

Councillor Michelle J. Bomberry
519-802-7714

Councillor Nathan M. Wright
519-761-7058

Councillor Kerry Bomberry
519-732-1477

Councillor R. Helen Miller
519-717-2565

Councillor Audrey Powless-Bomberry
519-717-2721

Councillor Greg Frazer
226-387-9112

executive

Darrin Jamieson

Chief Executive Officer