Booze, Firewater, Crazywater – Is Alcohol Killing Our People?

How Indigenous people know too well the devastating effects of alcohol

APTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie

Whatever you call it, booze, firewater, crazywater – you can’t deny alcohol has made a big impact on the lives of Indigenous people in Canada.

In this edition, recorded live on-air, our guests speak frank about how alcohol is killing people and ruining families.

But there’s also a growing group of Indigenous people we don’t hear often enough about – people who are living life sober.

Cree author and crown prosecutor, Harold R. Johnson, shares his experience on why he wrote the new book, Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing Our People (And Yours).

Inuvialuit man and accomplished filmmaker, Dennis Allen, speaks openly on how he got hooked on alcohol as a young man and how he lives a life of sobriety today – through his gripping NFB film, Crazywater.