John Langan


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"Iskocēs Tipiskak shows how culture, hard work and the right community supports helped John Langan turn a challenging past into being an upstanding role model in the community. This book is a story that can help those who want to understand how to help Indigenous youth be all they can be."

Wab (Wabanakwut) Kinew, Author of The Reason you Walk.



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Well the book has launched. Everything is going fine. Busy, but spending time with my family.
I was given some hate today, which is totally understandable. It was expected. I tried reaching out to you, but the email was deleted. Read my blog for more info. 
Overall, it feels like a good dream with a bad part that tries to kill the feeling.
Enjoy the reading. Warning: the first 8 chapters are difficult, but changes into a more beautiful story. 
I raised my pipe today praying for good things for the readers.



My first little award! Also, book is being entered into the Saskatchewan Book Awards with more to follow!

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ISKOCĒS TIPISKAK (A Spark in the Dark) is a thoughtfully written, compellingly honest and immensely interesting memoir of life as an indigenous man in Saskatchewan that brims with integrity and inspiration. John Langan’s journey saw him overcome significant hurdles to become a highly respected member of the Canadian Police Force and military, while nurturing and preserving his cultural and spiritual identity.



An Indigenous Canadian of Ojibway and Cree descent presents a debut memoir and a guide to spirituality.

Langan, a military veteran and police officer, presents a multipart book for multiple audiences. First, this book is the author’s memoir of growing up as a member of the First Nations and how he later struggled with alcoholism and trouble with the law. He also dealt with family members’ suicide attempts and drug-related deaths, which are recounted in passages that some readers might find difficult to read. Later, he entered the military and then joined the police force. The account is full of vignettes of key moments in Langan’s life, including particularly moving accounts of his courtship of Bianca, who became his wife, and of the births of their children. The book includes matter-of-fact references to Indigenous spiritual practices, such as sweat lodges and smudges, as well as accounts of encounters with spirits; the latter tales may require open-mindedness on the parts of many readers—which the author specifically requests. Although the first part of this book seems intended for all audiences, the second part, a guide to Indigenous spiritual practices (including a personal account of a multiday fast), appears to be directed primarily at Indigenous readers. Here, Langan offers detailed descriptions of various rituals and ceremonies, starting with the ones that he says are in danger of being lost forever. He includes matter-of-fact commentary about gender distinctions in some ceremonies that reflect beliefs about women’s bodies and women’s spirituality as well as about ceremonial etiquette. Overall, Langan’s book might have worked best as two separate works; that said, the second part does provide an intriguing window into First Nations life and faith, which may give some readers a new appreciation of some Indigenous people’s struggle to maintain longtime practices.

An often moving memoir and an informative spiritual survey.
An often moving memoir and an informative spiritual survey.


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The Canada Book Awards program recognizes and promotes Canadian author outstanding accomplishment. The Canada Book Awards is an ongoing book assessment program that honours Canadian authors regardless of when their books and/or eBooks were published.



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 perspectice 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.

Iskocēs Tipiskak: A Spark in the Dark

Projected release date on July 21, 2021

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.

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