Harold Johnson

Changing the Story (about alcohol)

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. Harold has initiated a courageous conversation, challenging us all to “Change the Story we tell ourselves about Alcohol.” The conversation has inspired a momentum provincially and nationally. He was formally seconded to the alcohol strategy project in January of 2016, and has since retired from Justice but remains on contract to support the Northern Alcohol Strategy work he initiated, while pursuing other opportunities.

He has given over a hundred well-received presentations on Changing the Story to groups from a dozen to over 900. He has been invited to present to prosecutors, judges, teachers, and at healthcare and social worker conferences. 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.

Harold Johnson 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) (University of Regina Press, 2016).