Why I'm Running - Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi

Whether you know me as Can Man Dan, Dan Johnstone, or just Dan, I am running to be your next city councillor for Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi.

I have been proud to call Edmonton home my entire life and have spent over twenty years in Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi. I am dedicated to this city and its people.


As an award-winning activist, I’ve raised millions of dollars in resources and funding for people in need, without ever making a single cent off my work. I have also been a strong and outspoken advocate for many pressing issues, such as the sustainable and responsible development of affordable housing, the protection of domestic abuse survivors, supporting our LGBTQ community, fighting for our senior citizens, and helping fund many programs that support children throughout the year.

As the Executive Director of a well-known non-profit organization here in Edmonton, I prioritize investing in our small and local businesses, and have developed many strategic partnerships to support our city's economy over the years. In 2020 alone, our foundation generated nearly $500,000 for Edmonton-based businesses. I am a friend of small and local business and will continue to be for many years to come.

This is what I have done; now, let’s get to what I will do as your next city councillor. Let’s talk about my values.

I believe in a grassroots approach to governing and will ensure that everyone has a say and will be heard, I think this is very important. I work for you, period. For years, I have been listening to the needs of others and finding a way to address their concerns. No problem is too big or too small to be worthy of my attention.

I believe in affordable housing for low-income families and seniors, as well as alleviating poverty and ending homelessness once and for all. I believe in the dignity and accommodation our beloved seniors deserve; they pave the way for us and we owe them a debt of gratitude.

I believe in fighting hate and oppression by reinforcing that Edmonton is a diverse, safe, and welcoming home for all. As a First Nations child growing up in the early 90s, I have my own personal experiences facing prejudice and discrimination, and will not tolerate hate. Everyone has a right to be who they are and this is very important to me.

I believe in having proper infrastructure so that our city runs efficiently and is accessible to everyone. This includes having a well-functioning and effective public transit system, roadways with less wear and tear, green spaces that are properly maintained, and sidewalks that are safe to walk on.

As a taxpayer, I believe in keeping taxes manageable for families and businesses of all incomes. I believe in fiscal responsibility and maximizing taxpayers' dollars through accountability and transparency.

I see incredible opportunity and unlimited potential for our city and would love to help usher it in. Ever since Grade Six, I have dreamt of sitting on Edmonton's city council and would be so grateful for your support and encouragement as I make 11-year-old Dan's dream come true. I am ready, Edmonton. Are you?