Harold R. Johnson

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Harold R. Johnson
Occupationlawyer, writer, trapper, fisher, mechanic, heavy equipment operator, miner, logger, firefighter, tree planter
Notable worksFirewater: How Alcohol Is Killing My People (And Yours)

Corvus, The Cast Stone, Charlie Muskrat, Two Families Treaties and Government, Back Track,

Billy Tinker.
Notable awardsGovernor General's Award for English-language non-fiction

Saskatchewan Fiction Book Award 2011 for The Cast Stone. Saskatchewan Aboriginal Publishing Award for Two Families Treaties and Government.

All titles shortlisted for Saskatchewan book awards in years published.

Harold R. Johnson is a Canadian lawyer and writer, whose book Firewater: How Alcohol Is Killing My People (And Yours) was a shortlisted nominee for the Governor General's Award for English-language non-fiction at the 2016 Governor General's Awards.[1] The book, an examination of the problem with alcohol consumption among Canadian First Nations, draws on Johnson's work as a Crown prosecutor in northern Saskatchewan.[2]

Johnson told CBC Radio interviewer Shelagh Rogers in 2016 that his father was a Swedish immigrant and his mother a Cree aboriginal in Saskatchewan, where he was born. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and worked as a logger, trapper and miner before going to university as an adult, completing his education in law with an MA at Harvard. [3]



  • Billy Tinker (2001)
  • Back Track (2005)
  • Charlie Muskrat (2008)
  • The Cast Stone (2011)
  • Corvus (2015)


  • Two Families: Treaties and Government (2007)
  • Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing My People (and Yours) (2016)
  • Clifford (2018)
  • Peace and Good Order: The Case for Indigenous Justice in Canada (2019)