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Firewater: How Alcohol Is Killing My People (and Yours)

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Firewater: How Alcohol Is Killing My People (and Yours)

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A passionate call to action, Firewater examines alcohol─its history, the myths surrounding it, and its devasting impact on Indigenous people. Drawing on his years of experience as a Crown Prosecutor in Treaty 6 territory, Harold Johnson challenges readers to change the story we tell ourselves about the drink that goes by many names─booze, hooch, spirits, sauce, and the evocative firewater. Confronting the harmful stereotype of the lazy, drunken Indian, and rejecting medical, social and psychological explanations of the roots of alcoholism, Johnson cries out for solutions, not diagnoses, and shows how alcoholism continues to kill so many. Provocative, irreverent, and keenly aware of the power of stories, Firewater calls for people to make decisions about their communities and their lives on their own terms.

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.

ISBN: 9780889774377

ISBN-10: 9780889774377

Publisher: University of Regina Press

Publication Date: 09/23/2016 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/07/2016 - 12:00am

Pages: 180

Language: English


Substance Abuse & Addictions - Alcohol

Disease & Health Issues

Ethnic Studies - American - Native American Studies