My name is Rylund Johnson.
I’m humbled by the opportunity to represent my home, Yellowknife North, in the 19th Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories.
The story of how I got here is similar to a lot of people who put down roots in our community: I came up after getting my law degree at the University of Victoria for a four month contract. I never left — and I’ve never loved a place so much.
Since then, I’ve practiced law in Yellowknife for the federal Crown Prosecutor, Dragon-Toner, and the territorial government’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Then in 2019, I started making my living as a tourism operator and dove into my passion for building things as a co-founder of YK Makerspace until my election.
I believe in giving back to our community. I’ve volunteered as Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Aboriginal Law Section – NWT, and Vice Chair of the organization’s public lawyers’ section, and you may recognize me as last summer’s Folk on the Rocks ticketing manager.
In my downtime, I like to make podcasts, direct Dead North films, and sail on the big lake as much as I can.
In the summertime, my partner Kristel and I can often be found sipping coffee on the rooftop deck of my houseboat — the Scandimaniac.
On July 4th 2019, the Green Party Leader, Elizabeth May, came to Yellowknife.
Head down to Houseboat Bay to see if you can spot my house, the Scandimaniac!
I am blessed to have a wonderful partner who supports me and makes me strive for the best.
On July 7th 2019, me and some friends accompanied a float plane pilot as he delivered some essential gear to a stranded boater.
The lovely Julaine Debogorski and I during my first podcast recording for 'Dispatches from the Scandimaniac'.
In 2019, I started a sailing tour business, to promote adventure and enjoyment on Great Slave Lake.