Ava Hill, Mohawk, Wolf Clan, was elected Chief of the 56th Elected Council of the Six Nations of the Grand River on November 16th, 2013. She assumed office on December 3rd, 2013, after serving three terms as a Councillor. During her tenure as a Councillor, Ava participated on a variety of Council Committees. She was also Six Nations representative on the Aboriginal Leadership Partnership for the 2015 Pan Am Games which were held in Toronto in July 2015. Ava has been active on international files attending the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for the past few years.
Ava was born on the Six Nations Reserve and attended elementary school on the reserve. She attended Hagersville High School (which later became Hagersville Secondary School) and Brantford Collegiate Institute.
Ava has extensive experience working with First Nations and Aboriginal organizations (regionally, nationally and locally). She served as the Executive Director of the Chiefs of Ontario Office, the Executive Assistant to a former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations and the Executive Assistant to the Co-Chair of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. She also spent some time in Saskatchewan working for the Wahpeton Dakota Nation and the Prince Albert Grand Council.
For the past few years, Ava, in addition to her Councillor duties, has worked as a private consultant who specialized in event planning/conference co-ordination, facilitation, report writing and organization of advocacy meetings at Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill.
Ava has also dedicated many years as a member and volunteer for several agencies and committees both in major cities and in her home community. Ava was one of the founding Board Members of the Dreamcatcher Fund.