SGT. CRAIG M. SMITH, M.O.M. - President, Nova Scotia Black Cultural Center
A Halifax, Nova Scotia-based writer, author, historian, community development advocate, and a sergeant with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Sergeant Smith, has written extensively on African–Canadian achievement and, he is the president of the Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia.
Craig is a native of Halifax, N.S. who is a RCMP Sergeant with 20 years service. Craig has tried to infuse the tenants of community development with community policing in his policing career since heading to Depot in August 1996. He has served in several capacities during his policing career: General Duty, General Investigative Section and Diversity Policing Analyst, Site Supervisor of the Cole Harbour Detachment and NCO i/c of Halifax District Community Policing and Victim Services Programs. Presently Sgt. Smith is the Ops Supervisor QA with Watch 4 Halifax District working out of the Lower Sackville Office. Craig served as a honourary Aide de Camp to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia from 2006 – 2016.
Craig’s books include: Journey: An African Canadian Educational Resource (2000); You Had Better Be White By Six A.M. – The African Canadian Experience in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (2006); The Ultimate African Heritage Quiz Book – Maritime Edition (2008); The Journey Continues: An Atlantic Canadian Black Experience (2012); 2nd edition You Had Better Be White By Six A.M. – The African Canadian Experience in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (2014).
Craig has also been a featured speaker within Canada and in the United States: Flint, Michigan 1999; University of Florida and Alachua County School Board, Gainesville, Florida 2003; NABSE Parent Summit Detroit, Michigan 2005; Nova Scotia best practices in cultural tourism exchange with Virginia (2010), Public Libraries in: Victoria, Vancouver, Ottawa and Moncton, Saint John, & Fredericton, NB, Charlottetown, PEI 2012, Black Law Students of Canada national conference Halifax 2012, Acadia University Political Science & Sociology class 2009 & 2014, Open Society Washington Chapter; Frederick Douglass House and African-American Civil War Monument & Museum Washington, DC 2015, Fredericton Public Library, Fredericton, NB 2016.
Craig has served on a variety of boards and committees at the local, provincial and national levels: Halifax District School Board African Nova Scotian Advisory Committee; Boys and Girls Club of Nova Scotia; Nova Scotia’s Barrister’s Society Racial Equity Committee; Urban Rural Mission national contact group; RCMP national visible minority advisory committee.
Craig was a featured scholar for the Nova Scotia Civil Rights documentary film, The Long Road to Justice: The Viola Desmond Story (2011) and the ESPN segment Frozen Out: Black Ice the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes (2008). Craig is a Harry Jerome Award winner; recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal; the Dr. Burnley A. Jones Nova Scotia Scotia Human Rights Award and in March 2015 Craig became the first Black RCMP member in Canada to receive an appointment to the Order of Merit of Police Forces by His Excellency, The Right Honourable David Johnston Governor General of Canada. Craig has been involved with the Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia since 2009.