Annual Harmony Breakfast at Cape Breton University

‘Stop Racism: A Community Dialogue’ is the focus of the 12th Annual Harmony Breakfast – an event highlighting issues of racial discrimination and harassment in celebration of March 21 Annual Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Chief Terrance Paul of Membertou and CBU honorary degree recipient is the keynote speaker for the event. Chief Paul has held his position for the past 24 years, guiding his community and administration into one of the most open and efficient native communities in the country. Paul has achieved many accomplishments in his role as Chief, including doubling the land base for the Membertou Reserve. He also assisted Donald Marshall Jr. in his successful Supreme Court defense of the Mi’kmaq Treaty Rights to fish, which resulted in approximately $600 million in the Atlantic region for the Mi’kmaq.

Presented by the Cape Breton University Human Rights Office, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, the Cape Breton Regional Police Service and the CBRM Diversity Office, the Annual Harmony Breakfast, for invited guests, takes place this year on Monday, March 21, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. until noon in CBU’s Multi-purpose Room.

“We are pleased to host the Annual Harmony Breakfast again this year,” says Helen Boone, CBU’s Human Rights Officer. “This event raises awareness, with help from special guests such as Chief Terrance Paul, about racism and the fact that it still does exist. However, it is an inspiring way to learn about the barriers many people face in regards to racism and how to overcome them.”

The Carl “Campy” Crawford award will be presented at the breakfast by the Crawford family and Police Chief Myles Burke of the Cape Breton Regional Police Service.  It is presented to an individual who exemplifies the qualities similar to those qualities exhibited by the late Carl Crawford, such as being a true community minded individual who was mindful of fairness, equality and commitment to justice.

This year, there are two recipients of the Carl “Campy” Crawford award.  Winston Parris, a life-long resident of Whitney Pier will be recognized for his accomplishments and dedication to community involvement. As well, Wallace Anthony Bernard will receive the award posthumous for his work within the Mi’kmaq community, Bernard died in 1988.

Sponsors of this year’s event are: Cape Breton Regional Municipality; Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada; Cape Breton University; Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission; and Cape Breton Regional Police Service.