Daniel G. Hill was a human rights specialist, historian, and public servant. He was prominent in the movement to overturn racial discrimination in Canada. Hill arrived in the country for graduate studies but committed himself to the quest for justice.
As an activist in 1950s, Hill used public awareness as a tool to combat prejudice. With a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Toronto and a decade of experience with social causes, he became the first director of the Ontario Human Rights Commission in 1962, a position he held until 1971.
In 1971 he became the first full-time chairman of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and in 1973 established a consulting firm in human rights with an international clientele.
Hill along with other educators co-founded the Ontario Black History Society in 1978. It became the first major public organization in Canada focused on the history of people of African descent in the country. He headed the organization for six years.
He served as a Provincial Ombudsman from 1984 to 1989. Hill worked to make that office reflect the “new Ontario” with a forceful outreach program towards traditionally excluded groups and in particular to Canada’s Aboriginal people. Following his retirement, he became a member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribuna. Daniel Hill died on June 26, 2003.
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