A crowd gathers in front of a federal building in Yellowknife to protest vaccine mandates. Photo: Submitted
Frigid temperatures in Yellowknife didn’t stop dozens of people from gathering outside on Saturday to protest public health restrictions.
The crowd of people stood outside the Greenstone Building on Yellowknife’s main street carrying signs reading “play dates no mandates,” “choice not coercion,” and “spread love not fear.” Some chanted “just say no” and encouraged passing vehicles to “honk for freedom.”
Several in attendance said they were protesting what they believe amounts to “segregation” between those who are vaccinated against Covid-19 and those who aren’t. Some criticized media coverage of Covid-19 and public health restrictions.
The “rally for freedom” was one of several protests in some Canadian cities against public health measures in response to Covid-19.
The NWT Human Rights Commission issued a statement on mandatory vaccines in October, saying a person who chooses not to get vaccinated because of a personal choice is not protected under the territory’s Human Rights Act.