Growing up on a northern trap line, Harold Johnson was taught to keep his distance from wolves. For decades, wolves did the same for humans. But now this seems to be changing. In 2005, twenty-two-year-old Kenton Carnegie was killed in a wolf attack near his work camp. Part story, part forensic analysis, Cry Wolf examines this and other attacks, showing how we fail to take this apex predator seriously at our own peril. (From University of Regina Press)
Johnson is a former Crown prosecutor who has written several works of both fiction and nonfiction. His book Firewater: How Alcohol Is Killing My People (and Yours) was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction. His other books include the novel Corvus, the genre-bending memoir Clifford and the nonfiction work Peace and Good Order.
Interviews with Harold R. Johnson
Harold Johnson is a Cree man from Saskatchewan, a Harvard law graduate, and a former crown prosecutor. He walked away from his career in law because he became convinced the justice system is only doing harm to Indigenous people. Michael Enright speaks with him about his life, how the killing of Colten Boushie and the Gerald Stanley court case shook him to the core, and his new book: Peace and Good Order: the Case for Indigenous Justice in Canada. 29:39 Indigenous people are overly represented in Canada's courts and jails. Many face discrimination and prejudice from police, prosecutors, and judges. Ernie Louttit, a veteran police officer, and Harold R. Johnson, a veteran lawyer and prosecutor, both Cree, offer their analysis and their prescriptions for change. 25:23 Harold R. Johnson talks to The Afternoon Edition in Saskatchewan about his dystopian novel. 7:34 Harold R. Johnson talks to Shelagh Rogers about his latest book Clifford. 17:04 During his 20 years as a lawyer and Crown prosecutor in Northern Saskatchewan, Harold Johnson sent many Indigenous offenders to jail for crimes committed while drunk. This, he says, was not helping anyone. He tells Piya why he now believes Indigenous people should be able to take over justice in their own communities. 6:35 Harold R. Johnson is a Harvard-educated lawyer, a former crown prosecutor, author and a traditional trap line operator. Johnson spoke with Checkup host Duncan McCue from his home in La Ronge, Sask., about his book. 7:48 Harold R. Johnson's book "Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing my People (and yours)" is a passionate call to action and a lament for the lives he's seen destroyed by alcohol. 18:41
Other books by Harold R. Johnson