Roberta L. Jamieson

Roberta L. Jamieson is a Mohawk woman from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Ontario. In November of 2004, Ms. Jamieson was appointed CEO and President of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation. NAAF is dedicated to realizing the potential of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit youth through scholarship assistance and other support.

Under her leadership, the Foundation has flourished. In her six years leading NAAF, support for Aboriginal youth has dramatically increased with NAAF doubling its previous total in bursaries and
scholarship funding. NAAF has distributed approximately $43 million in support and helped over 11,000 students, with more than half of that support coming since Roberta's 2004 appointment. She has extended the Foundation’s career fairs into the North, Quebec and the Maritimes and is Executive Producer of the nationally televised National Aboriginal Achievement Awards.

Ms. Jamieson has enjoyed a distinguished career of "firsts.” She was the first First Nations woman to earn a law degree; the first non-parliamentarian to be appointed an ex-officio member of a House of Commons Committee; the first woman to be appointed Ombudsman of Ontario; and in December 2001, she was the first woman to be elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.

Ms. Jamieson was also Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario and for ten years,
Ombudsman of Ontario.

She has earned many awards, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Award (Law and Justice 1998), the Indigenous Bar Association’s highest award, Indigenous Peoples Council Award (IPC) and 18
honourary degrees. Ms. Jamieson is a Member of the Order of Canada.

She lives with her husband Tom Hill at their home at Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. They have a daughter Jessica and granddaughter Daisy.