Celebrate Black History Month – Dan Hill

The PSAC BC Racially Visible Caucus and the Union of National Employees BC and Yukon invite you to Celebrate Black History Month with a series of posters, facts, and bookmarks that commemorate our heritage. Here is the third of a series of informative posters members can print and display at their worksites.

Dan Hill became the first director of the Ontario Human Rights Commission in 1962.

Daniel G. Hill, human rights specialist, historian, and public servant, was prominent in the movement to overturn racial discrimination in Canada. He came to this country for graduate studies but committed himself to the quest for justice.

In 1978, Daniel Hill, Donna Hill, Wilson Brooks and other educators co-founded the Ontario Black History Society. 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.

As Provincial Ombudsman from 1984 to 1989, Hill strove 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 Tribunal.