How Alcohol Is Killing My People (and Yours)

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"In a passionate call to action, Harold Johnson, Cree trapper and Crown Prosecutor, examines alcohol--its history, its myths, and its devastating impact on his community. Confronting what he calls a crime against humanity--one in every two will die an alcohol-related death in northern communities--Johnson refuses to be silent any longer. Asserting that the "lazy, drunken Indian" story is a root cause of the alcohol problems, Johnson sets out to recast the narrative of his people, urging them to reject this racist description of who they are. In plain, frank language, Johnson calls on traditional stories, spirituality, and medical research for guidance. He also enlists the support of Indigenous artists and leaders, including contributions from Richard Van Camp and Tracey Lindberg. Written specifically for the people of Treaty 6, Firewater is relevant to anyone struggling with alcohol. A graduate of Harvard Law School and the author of six books, Harold R. Johnson is a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation and lives in La Ronge, Saskatchewan."--
Publisher: Regina, Saskatchewan :, University of Regina Press,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780889774377
Characteristics: xiv, 180 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm


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Nov 14, 2017

Very interesting book! A look at the problem of alcohol in the Indigenous community. The author has been touched by alcohol in his personal and professional life. He looks at the history of his people and what solutions have been tried and how they have failed and tries to take onus away from blaming everything on history or the rest of society. If you are touched in anyway by alcohol or addiction, you should read this book.

Apr 19, 2017

I laud the author for his blunt talk and forthrightness, but otherwise the writing is poor.

Dec 17, 2016

"Firewater", should be read with an open mind . its unusual literary style speaks to a very important issue, namely the powerful grip that alcohol has on not just the native community but on all of our human societies. Its an obvious cry from the heart and its contents, if taken to heart have the potential to be transformative. "Firewater" deserves to be widely read.

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