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Celebrating the Life and Work of Harold R. Johnson

Celebrating the Life and Work of Harold R. Johnson

By Press Staff Date: February 10, 2022

"The scouts of today are the writers and artists.They need to go out and use their imaginations and then come back and tell us stories that protect us, warn us, keep us safe…"—Harold R. Johnson

Today the staff at University of Regina Press honours and remembers their friend, the beloved and talented storyteller and author, Harold R. Johnson.
A member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, Harold was born and raised in northern Saskatchewan and was a protector and defender of the boreal forest and helped establish the Sober House Project.Throughout his life, he was a miner, logger, mechanic, trapper, fisherman, tree planter, heavy-equipment operator, and served in the Canadian Navy. A graduate of University of Saskatchewan and Harvard Law schools, Harold went on to be a Crown prosecutor before turning his attention once again to writing.

We are immensely proud and privileged to have worked with Harold on FIREWATER: How Alcohol Is Killing My People (and Yours), a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction, and CRY WOLF: Inquest into the True Nature of a Predator.

We will miss Harold’s visits to our offices when he would sit with us, pray with us, and tell us stories. We send our deepest condolences to his wife, Joan, and to all of his family and friends. He will not be forgotten.

Thanks for being such an incredible scout, Harold.