Dr. Daniel N. Paul is a Mi’kmaq Elder, author, editor, and human rights activist of the Indian Brook Mi’kmaq First Nations Community near Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. Paul was born in 1938, in a small log cabin on Shubenacadie Indian Reserve, Hants County, Nova Scotia, to the late William and Sarah Paul (Noel), he is the 12th of fourteen siblings. Paul resides in Halifax with his wife Patricia. They have two daughters, Lenore and Cerena.
Paul is an ardent spokesperson and activist for human rights. He is freelance lecturer and journalist, has a small advisory business, is a Justice of the Peace for the province of Nova Scotia, a commissioner with Nova Scotia Police Commission and is involved in a multitude of other activities. He 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, an honourary degree in Letters, University of Sainte Anne, Church Point, Nova Scotia, is a member of the Order of Canada and is a member of the Order of Nova Scotia.