Daniel N.  Paul

Chair of the Council on Mi’Kmaq Education and the Committee of Canadian Genocide Scholars

Daniel N. Paul was born in 1938 on the Indian Brook Reserve, Nova Scotia, and now resides in Halifax with his wife Patricia. Paul, a freelance lecturer and journalist, is an ardent activist for human rights. He is a former justice of the peace and a former member of the NS Police Commission and has served on several other provincial commissions, including the Human Rights Commission and the Nova Scotia Department of Justice’s Court Re-structuring Task Force. He holds, among many awards, honorary degrees from the University of Sainte Anne and Dalhousie University and is a member of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia. Previously, Paul was employed by the Department of Indian Affairs and was the founding executive director of the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM). His writing career includes a novel, Chief Lightning Bolt, several booklets, magazine articles, hundreds of newspaper columns, chapters for a dozen or so edited books.

Website: http://www.danielnpaul.com

  • We Were Not The Savages, First Nations History, 4th ed.

    Collision Between European and Native American Civilizations

    By Daniel N.  Paul  Foreword by Pamela Palmater     September 2022

    The fourth edition of the history of settler colonialism and the European invasion of Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral, unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq.

  • Chief Lightning Bolt

    By Daniel N.  Paul     October 2017

    With We Were Not the Savages, Daniel Paul changed the way the world understood the history of Eastern Canada and the fully developed civilization that existed before the arrival of the European explorers and settlers, and the nature of the subsequent violent attack on that culture. With Chief Lightning Bolt, Paul shows us exactly what was lost, the beauty of the Mi’kma’ki that once existed, the culture that survived and is only now beginning to recover.

    A Roseway Book