Yvonne Johnson

Yvonne Johnson is a member of the Cree nation. She was imprisoned for first-degree murder in 1991 in the Kingston Federal Prison for Women before being transferred to the minimum security Okimaw Ohei Healing Lodge for Native Women in Saskatchewan in 1995.

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Stolen Life · The Journey of a Cree Woman
By Rudy Wiebe and Yvonne Johnson

The award-winning Stolen Life is a remarkable collaborative work between a distinguished novelist and a Cree woman who broke a lifetime of silence to share her story. Imprisoned for murder at the age of twenty-seven, Yvonne Johnson sought out Rudy Wiebe, the chronicler of her ancestor Big Bear, as a means of coming to terms with her self, her past, and the crime that defines her future.

“A compelling story of sexual abuse, racism, alcohol addiction and human tragedy … Wiebe’s voice, calm yet tense with the anger of perceived injustice, helps us stay the course.”

Financial Post