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In this extraordinary and inspiring debut memoir, John Langan, starts from the bottom in life, losing his father to suicide and step-dad to drugs. John overcomes blatant racism, poverty, violence, alcohol, and a drug environment by holding his cultural identity close to him while still losing so much, but gaining life and love in the darkness keeping his spark burning for others in hopes of building a bigger fire.

John Langan is a Saulteaux/Cree indigenous man from Keeseekoose First Nation, Saskatchewan. A graduate of the Indigenous Justice and Criminology Program at the University of Saskatchewan. John continues to apply his skills to his now full time job as a police constable whilst still serving his country with the Canadian Armed Forces part time. John’s unique upbringing has helped him bring a unique perspective to both his public service, and service to his country. On top of everything, John continues to carry on his people’s culture by practicing and continuing ceremony.

Shortlisted Saskatchewan Book Awards- Indigenous People’s Writing Award

Canada Book Award- First Book Award