Harold Johnson" Changing the Alcohol Story" Award

A photo of Joan Johnson (left), Jarret Nelson (centre) and Tim Naimi (right) in the First People's House at UVic
Harold's wife Joan Johnson (left), Jarret Nelson (centre) and CISUR director Tim Naimi (right) at the First Peoples House.

Harold Johnson encouraged us to have the clarity and courage to “change the story” about alcohol, whether through individual awareness and change or through collective action. Harold knew and understood alcohol and its effects in many dimensions: through the communities in which he lived and worked, through the eyes of the criminal justice system in his role as crown prosecutor, through policy advocacy with the Northern Alcohol Strategy, and through his reflections as an acclaimed writer.

The Harold Johnson Award is for an individual who has worked tirelessly and fearlessly to change the story about alcohol in order to prevent or reduce its harmful consequences on people and populations.

In June 2023, we presented our inaugural Harold Johnson "Changing the Alcohol Story" Award to Jarret Nelson of Montreal Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. Jarret accepted the award at First Peoples House at the University of Victoria and spoke about his work rebuilding community through culture & connection to the land.

We will be sharing details on nominations for the 2024 Harold Johnson Award in early 2024.