In this passionate call to action, Harold Johnson looks at the devastating impact alcohol has had on his people. Confronting a "crime against humanity"--half of those in Treaty 6 territory will die an alcohol-related death--Johnson breaks the silence on this ongoing, daily catastrophe. Using traditional stories, spirituality, and modern medical research to take on the stereotype of the "lazy, drunken Indian," Johnson creates a new narrative of sobriety for his people. Powerful testimonials from Richard Van Camp and Tracey Lindberg are included. Written in plain, frank language, Firewater speaks to anyone struggling with addiction.
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.