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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. 

Dispatches from the Scandimaniac

My podcast, recorded aboard a converted-to-home fishing trawler

Makerspace YK

I was a founding member of this Yellowknife non-profit

Dead North Film Festival

Rylund Johnson has been a director and actor in multiple horror films in this iconic Yellowknife film festival


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Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly

PO Box 1320  |  Yellowknife, NT  X1A 2L9