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Author Johnson, Harold, 1957- author

Title Firewater : how alcohol is killing my people (and yours) / Harold R. Johnson
Published Regina, Saskatchewan : University of Regina Press, 2016
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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
Summary "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."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Alcoholism -- Social aspects -- Canada.
Alcoholism -- Treatment -- Canada.
Drinking of alcoholic beverages -- History.
Drinking of alcoholic beverages -- Social aspects -- Canada.
Indians of North America -- Alcohol use -- Canada.
Spiritual healing.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0889774382
9780889774384 (electronic bk.)
9780889774391 (html)