CCSA’s Issues of Substance Conference
Keynote Speaker

Harold R. Johnson Author

Plenary Session

The Firewater Story

Date & Time

Monday, November 25
8:30 - 10:00


Confederation Ballroom

Born and raised in northern Saskatchewan, Harold Johnson has worked as a marine engineer in the Canadian navy, logger, miner, fisher, trapper, heavy equipment operator, mechanic, tree planter, lawyer and author. He has a Master of Law degree from Harvard University and most recently worked as a crown prosecutor.

Mr. Johnson’s publications include five works of fiction and two of non-fiction, all of which have been shortlisted for Saskatchewan book awards. One of his non-fiction titles, Two Families: Treaties and Government, won a Saskatchewan Book Award for Aboriginal Publishing. His other work of non-fiction, Firewater: How Alcohol Is Killing My People (and Yours), was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award for non-fiction. The Cast Stone won the Saskatchewan Book Award for fiction.

Mr. Johnson is a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation and lives outside of La Ronge, Saskatchewan, with his wife, where he operates his family’s trap line.

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