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Author: Michael Jacklin

Title: ‘What I Have Done, What Was Done to Me’

Subtitle: Confession and Testimony in Stolen Life: Journey of a Cree Woman

Journal: Kunapipi: Journal of Postcolonial Writing & Culture

Volume: 29

Issue: 1

Year: 2007

Pages: 19-33

ISSN: 0106-5734 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | American History: Canadian History | Cases: Offenders / Yvonne Johnson; Cases: Victims / Yvonne Johnson, Leonard Charles Skwarok; Offenders: Brothers, Fathers, Women; Types: Child Sexual Abuse; Victims: Girls, Men, Narrative Studies



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Author: Michael Jacklin, School of the Arts, English and Media, University of Wollongong

Abstract: »Yvonne Johnson’s life narrative, written over a six-year period in collaboration with Rudy Wiebe, tells the story of how Johnson came to be the only First Nations woman in Canada serving a life-twenty-five sentence for first degree murder. Stolen Life: Journey of a Cree Woman (1998) relates the circumstances of Johnson’s involvement with three others – Dwayne Wenger, Ernest Jensen and Shirley Anne Salmon – in the killing of Leonard Charles Skwarok in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, in 1989. In a night of excessive drinking, the two men and two women participated in the confinement, beating, sexual abuse, strangulation and killing of Leonard Skwarok, a man they barely knew, but whom they believed to have molested children and who, Johnson feared, was a threat to her own young children. The murder is brutal. Of the four, Johnson is found guilty of first degree murder, while the others received lesser sentences.« (Source: Research Online)

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