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Woodland Cree Gathering 2022

August 23 – 25

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In Memoriam: Harold R. Johnson

Prince Albert Grand Council’s Executive, Senators, Women’s Commission, management and staff would like to extend their condolences to the family and friends of the late Harold R. Johnson who passed away at the age of 68-years-old on Wednesday, February 11th, 2022.

A band member of Montreal Lake Cree Nation, Harold Johnson was a graduate of Harvard, a lawyer, a writer, a hunter, and trapper, born and raised in northern Saskatchewan. In 2016, his book Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing my People (And Yours) was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary award.

“Harold Johnson drew upon his experiences as a former Crown prosecutor and was able to bring a unique voice to the treatment of our people in Canada’s justice system and the devastating impact of alcohol on our Indigenous people. His insights and advocacy have made a difference for the betterment of our Indigenous communities,” said Grand Chief Brian Hardlotte.

“Harold was a trailblazer who gave us bird’s eye view on the changes needed to the justice system. In 2019, he was one of our speakers at our First Nations Policing and Indigenous Justice national symposium, and, he also contributed to our many discussions surrounding our Northern Alcohol Strategy. He truly cared about building healthier communities for our First Nations, and his contribution to future generations will be felt for years to come,” said Vice Chief Joseph Tsannie.

“We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and community of Montreal Lake Cree Nation during this difficult time. Harold Johnson’s legacy will be far-reaching — many people from far and wide have learned from his teachings, and his passion for change will continue on with many people from across the country,” said Vice Chief Christopher Jobb.