Firewater : how alcohol is killing my people (and yours) (Book, 2016) [WorldCat.org]
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Firewater : how alcohol is killing my people (and yours)

Author: Harold Johnson
Publisher: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada : University of Regina Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Johnson, Harold, 1957-
Firewater.
(CaOONL)20169047474
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harold Johnson
ISBN: 9780889774377 0889774374 9780889774384 0889774382 9780889774391 0889774390
OCLC Number: 953887500
Awards: Short-listed for Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction 2016
Description: xiv, 180 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Contents: Part 1. Kayâs : a long time ago: Wîsahkicâhk's lost stories --
Part 2. How alcohol is killing my people: So the story goes ; Who am I to speak? ; The drunken Indian story ; A little bit more history to help put it in perspective ; A time before alcohol killed our people ; Going to the graveyard ; The Royal Commission on Aboriginal peoples and the Supreme Court ; Four models ; The trickster in the story ; Being frank : exposing the problem ; Costs of the alcohol story ; Employment ; The story we tell ourselves ; The story kiciwamanawak tell themselves ; Addictions ; The land ; It's all only a story ; Banning alcohol ; Treatment ; Leadership ; The storyteller ; Healing ; Community ; The sober house and the sober community --
Part 3. Letters from our scouts, the artists: A letter from Tracey Lindberg ; A letter from Richard Van Camp --
Part 4. Niyâk : for the future: Wîsahkicâhk returns to find out he is story --
Appendix: Treaty No. 6.
Responsibility: Harold R. Johnson.

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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"--

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"[T]his Crown prosecutor, author, and former miner and logger, who has prematurely buried too many friends and relatives due to alcohol-related deaths, refuses to back away from the difficult Read more...

 
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