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Archives of Ontario launch on-line exhibit honouring Dr. Daniel G. Hill, first Director of the Ontario Human Rights Commission

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June 15, 2007

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For immediate publication

Toronto - This June 15th, marks the 45th anniversary of Ontario’s Human Rights Code, which came into effect in 1962. Equally historic, was the appointment of Dr. Daniel G. Hill, as the first Director of the Human Rights Commission.

To recognize the life, work and legacy of Dr. Hill, the Archives of Ontario, in collaboration with his son, Lawrence Hill, has produced an online exhibit that serves as a tribute to his struggles and successes. He is also known for his many contributions to human rights in Ontario and his pioneering writings on black history in our province.

“Archives of Ontario is proud to hold records relating to Dr. Hill’s personal life and professional work, spanning over a century,” said the Archivist of Ontario, Miriam McTiernan.

Since the early beginnings of the Commission, society’s understanding of human rights has evolved, and protections under the Code have expanded to reflect these changes. Commissioners and staff, like Dr. Daniel Hill, have been instrumental in building an Ontario in which everyone is valued and treated with dignity and respect.

“Dr. Hill was a true visionary and social activist. Both his personal and professional life attest to a dedicated commitment to social justice issues and it is truly fitting that we honour and celebrate his many accomplishments,” said Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall.

For more information:

Lisa Singer
Outreach and Partnership Development Officer
Archives of Ontario

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Jeff Poirier
Senior Policy Analyst
Policy Education, Monitoring and Outreach Branch (PEMO)
Ontario Human Rights Commission