Sam Johnston (Yukon politician)

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San Johnston
MLA for Campbell
In office
Preceded by Dave Porter
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Personal details
Born November 20, 1935
Teslin, Yukon
Political party Yukon New Democratic Party

Samuel Timothy "Sam" Johnston (born November 20, 1935)[1] is a former political figure in the Canadian territory of Yukon. He served as chief of the Teslin Tlingit Council from 1970 to 1984,[2] and represented Campbell in the Yukon Legislative Assembly from 1985 to 1992 as a NDP member.

He was born in Teslin, Yukon, the son of David Peter Johnston and Rose Morris, and was educated in Carcross. In 1983, he married Kelly Ruth Hyatt.[1] Johnston served as Speaker for the assembly from 1985 to 1992. He was the first native Canadian to serve as a legislative speaker in Canada.[3]

In the 1992 election, Johnston was defeated by independent Willard Phelps in the redistributed riding of Ross River-Southern Lakes.

He served as chancellor for Yukon College from 2004 to 2008.[4]

Johnston also competed in archery at the North American Indigenous Games and was a coach at the North American Indigenous Games and the Arctic Winter Games. He was inducted into the Sport Yukon Hall of Fame in 2003.[5]


  1. ^ a b Flanagan, Kathleen M. (1991). Canadian Parliamentary Companion, 1991. ISBN 0-921925-40-9. 
  2. ^ "Top news for August - 2001". Raven's Eye. August 20, 2001. Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  3. ^ "Interview: Sam Johnston, MLA". Canadian Parliamentary Review. Government of Canada. 1986. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  4. ^ "Former Chancellors". Yukon College. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  5. ^ "2003, Sam Johnston". 2003 Hall of Fame Inductees. Sport Yukon. Retrieved 2009-12-18.