Daniel N. Paul


Daniel N. Paul, C.M., O.N.S., is an author, journalist, lecturer, reviewer, consultant, Justice of the Peace for the province of Nova Scotia, Commissioner of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, a member of the Nova Scotia Police Review Board, Chair of the Council on Mi’kmaq Education, and sits on several non-profit boards.

The following are some of the honours he has been awarded by various entities for devoting much of his labours towards helping to make our society a place where all of its diverse citizens can live out their lives in peace and equality.

“Daniel N. Paul’s We Were Not the Savages is a brilliant and painful account of how the Mi’kmaqs were treated by the Europeans […] The inescapable conclusion from his book is that if Ottawa and Washington are so concerned about human rights, they might take a long hard look at what we did to the Mi’kmaqs and other Tribes. We forced Germany to pay reparations after World War I. More recently, the Swiss were intimidated into paying Holocaust victims for deposits once held in Swiss banks. Likewise German companies accused of slave labour in World War II have been pressured into compensating their victims. When will Canada and the United States begin paying reparations to the Mi’kmaqs and other Tribes for what we did to them over the centuries? Daniel Paul makes a convincing case that the time is now! We Were Not the Savages is a fact-filled read that will make Americans of European descent very uncomfortable. I highly recommend it”. – Thomas H. Naylor, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Duke University.

Although he appreciates the before mentioned honours Paul states that high among the most appreciated honours that he has received during his career are the dozens of small items, letters, mugs, Eagle Feathers, etc., given to him by students as thanks for helping them to better understand the importance of according all Peoples human dignity and respect.
In addition to four books, Paul has been published numerous times in journals, human rights booklets and readers, school readers, newspapers, and magazines. His second book, We Were Not the Savages, was the first-prize co-winner for non-fiction at the 6th Annual City of Dartmouth Book and Writing Awards in 1994, was on the Nova Scotia bestseller list for seventeen weeks, and inspired a play entitled Strange Humours. A revised edition of We Were Not the Savages, Twenty-First Century Edition, was published October 2000. A third edition entitled First Nations History – We Were Not the Savages – Third Edition, was published in September 2006. His books have been cited as a reference in many books and articles. The new version is now being used as course material in several universities and high schools.


Multicultural Education Council of Nova Scotia Award- 2006/2007


Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. Memorial Elder Award – 2007


District Chief for the Shubenacadie Mi’kmaq District: December 1988 to June 1990. Honourary title bestowed at the second annual meeting of the Confederacy of Mainland Micmacs.


City of Dartmouth Book & Writing Awards: Co-winner of First prize for non-fiction, 1993 edition of We Were Not the Savages, April 21, 1994.


Honourary Doctor of Letters Degree: University of Sainte-Anne, Church Point, NS, June 7, 1997.


Honourary citizen of the Acadien District of Clare Certificate: Honoured by the Municipality of Clare for promoting human rights for Acadiens, March 22, 1994.


Millenium Award: Honoured by the City of Halifax, January 14, 2000, for contributing in a special way towards making the community a better place for its citizens to live and prosper in.


Certificate of Appreciation: Nova Scotia Department of Justice, June 2002: “On behalf of the Provincial and Family Courts and the government of the Province of Nova Scotia, this Certificate is bestowed upon Daniel Paul in recognition of your significant contribution to the justice system of Nova Scotia.”


Order of Nova Scotia: Province of Nova Scotia, October 2, 2002: – the Province’s highest award for “outstanding contributions and for bringing honour and prestige to Nova Scotia.”


Listed in Canada’s Who’s Who – beginning with the 2004 edition: Recognized for fighting for civil and human rights for humanity, and writing accomplishments, etc.


Order of Canada: Named to the Order on February 3, 2006.

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