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‘Trudeau has got to go’: Yellowknife Freedom Convoy protests at city hall

Close to 70 people joined what was dubbed a Freedom Convoy in Yellowknife on Jan. 29, protesting government-mandated Covid-19 vaccinations.
Protesters formed a convoy of vehicles in Yellowknife, Jan. 29 to voice their opposition to vaccine mandates and ongoing Covid-19 public health measures. Ethan Butterfield/NNSL photo

Close to 70 people joined what was dubbed a Freedom Convoy in Yellowknife on Jan. 29, protesting government-mandated Covid-19 vaccinations.

“We’re out supporting the truckers,” Simon Hodge, a co-organizer of the event said outside city hall. “We’re opposed to ongoing mandates, lockdowns and, generally, the government’s Covid measures. People generally, I think, in Canada are tired of it. They’re looking at the risks of Covid and weighing them against the harms that are being caused by Covid-response measures.”

Nicole Soka, another member of the rally, said, “This is not a Canada I recognize. There’s no accountability, like these mandates, these regulations, how long are they in place for? No one’s asked. We simply haven’t had the conversations.”

Signs planted at the site read “No More Lies, No More Lockdowns” and “Conversation = Key.”

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The procession started at Fred Henne Territorial Park at 2 p.m. and concluded at Yellowknife City Hall around 3:45 p.m. after processing along Old Airport Road and through downtown.

In front of city all, protesters broke into chants, including, “Trudeau has got to go.”

Participants also expressed solidarity with the inter-provincial convoy led by truckers that reached Ottawa on Saturday. Thousands of demonstrators in the nation’s capital expressed opposition to pandemic health restrictions and the federal government forcing truck drivers to be vaccinated to cross the international border with the United States. The Prime Minister and his family were temporarily relocated during the demonstration, according to national media reports.

Co-organizer Simon Hodge talking with the operator of a flatbed truck that arrived on scene with a message that read, “We Support Freedom. No Jab - No Job ‘does not equal’ Freedom.” Ethan Butterfield/NNSL photo
A growing group of protesters gathered at Fred Henne Territorial Park before setting out in procession. Ethan Butterfield/NNSL photo
The group of protesters posed for a picture, saying “fringe minority” as opposed to “cheese” for their photo. Ethan Butterfield/NNSL photo
The convoy ended with protesters meeting around Yellowknife city hall for another group photo. Ethan Butterfield/NNSL photo
One protester attached a sign which read, “Not Anti-Vax. I Want To Be Free” to the side of their vehicle. Ethan Butterfield/NNSL photo
The flatbed truck arriving on scene, the other side of its message reading “Thank You Truckers from Yellowknife.” Ethan Butterfield/NNSL photo
The signs planted out front of the outdoor staircase of Yellowknife City Hall, read “Conversation = Key” and “No More Lies, No More Lockdowns.” Ethan Butterfield/NNSL photo