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Law Foundation Lecture

Tue., Sep. 24, 2019 7:00 p.m.

Location: Research and Innovation Centre, RI 119

Changing the Story We Tell Ourselves About Alcohol

Presented by: Harold R. Johnson | Author, Trapper, Storyteller, and Former Crown Prosecutor
Tuesday 24 September 2019, 7:00 PM
Research and Innovation Centre (RI 119), The University of Regina

Harold Johnson lives traditionally in a cabin on the north end of Montreal Lake, Saskatchewan. He’s a Montreal Lake Cree Nation Band member, an accomplished author, a trapper, a former Crown Prosecutor with the Ministry of Justice and a talented speaker and storyteller. He is the author of five works of fiction: Billy Tinker, Back Track, Charlie Muskrat, The Cast Stone and Corvus (respectively, Thistledown Press, 2001, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2015). He is also the author of two works of nonfiction: Two Families: Treaties and Government (Purich, 2007), and Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing My People (and Yours). In 2016, Firewater was a shortlisted nominee for the Governor General's Award for English-language non-fiction. His new book, Peace and Good Order: The Case for Indigenous Justice in Canada, will be published by McClelland & Stewart this September.

Harold has initiated a courageous conversation, challenging us all to “change the story we tell ourselves about alcohol,” which inspired momentum across the country. He was formally seconded to the alcohol strategy project in 2016, and has since retired from Justice but remains on contract to support the Northern Alcohol Strategy. His message is not confined to any single institutional silo. He speaks in plain, direct language about the topic and addresses the people rather than the profession.

All are welcome and refreshments will be provided. Free parking on campus is available in Lots 16 and 17. For more information please call 306-585-4226.