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My name is Rylund Johnson.

Rylund Johnson, MLA for Yellowknife North

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. 

Elizabeth May

On July 4th 2019, the Green Party Leader, Elizabeth May, came to Yellowknife. 

My Houseboat

Head down to Houseboat Bay to see if you can spot my house, the Scandimaniac!

My Partner

I am blessed to have a wonderful partner who supports me and makes me strive for the best.

Float Plane

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'.

Sailing Tours

In 2019, I started a sailing tour business, to promote adventure and enjoyment on Great Slave Lake. 

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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