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What I have done, what was done to me: confession and testimony in stolen life: journey of a cree woman

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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.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Jacklin, M. R. 2007, ''What I have done, what was done to me: confession and testimony in stolen life: journey of a cree woman'', Kunapipi: journal of postcolonial writing, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 19-33.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1552&context=artspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/538

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 19

End Page


  • 33

Volume


  • 29

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.uow.edu.au/arts/kunapipi/

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.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Jacklin, M. R. 2007, ''What I have done, what was done to me: confession and testimony in stolen life: journey of a cree woman'', Kunapipi: journal of postcolonial writing, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 19-33.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1552&context=artspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/538

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 19

End Page


  • 33

Volume


  • 29

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.uow.edu.au/arts/kunapipi/