Thousands of Canadians Join Coast-to-Coast ‘Freedom Chain’ to Defend Freedom

By Andrew Chen March 6, 2022 Updated: March 6, 2022

In a show of unity and love toward their fellow Canadians, thousands across the country, from Victoria, B.C., to Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, celebrated the inaugural event of the Freedom Chain 2022 movement on March 5.

First envisioned during the summer of 2021, organizers volunteered and collaborated during the past several months in a group effort to bring people together and emphasize love and fellowship among Canadians and throughout the world.

The event was marked by people holding hands to form a human chain, largely across portions of the Trans-Canada Highway, for example from one family in Goldstream west of Victoria to thousands reported through to Salmon Arm, B.C., and from Belleville to Havelock and on to Peterborough, Ontario.

On March 5, participants rendezvoused along the Trans-Canada Highway, which spans 7,476 km, in an effort to reach across the entirety of the country starting from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador.

Demonstrators take part in Freedom Chain near Peterborough, Ont., on March 5, 2022. (Caleb Shipman)

Many local gatherings were also organized in different cities across the country as part of the event, which is calling for unity and for Canadians’ charter rights and freedoms to be upheld. Participants had a variety of personal reasons for joining as well.

Chris Vee, who took part in the Freedom Chain in Vancouver, said he was there to fight for Canadians’ freedoms in the face of COVID-19 policies.

“It’s not even about a vaccine at this point. To me, it’s simply about control, and it seems to me that they don’t want to let that control go,” Vee said.

Melanie, another Vancouver participant who only gave her first name, said she was protesting against the COVID-19 mandates and defending the freedom of all Canadians.

“I care about freedom for all Canadians,” she told The Epoch Times. “In British Columbia, … [the government] has not lifted the mandates for anyone in this province yet, and as an unvaccinated person, it’s really hard for me to find work, to feed my family, and … to live my life.”

Melanie added that “I am here for everybody that’s unvaccinated, and everybody that’s vaccinated and frustrated with the government and with the way that everything is going in our world right now.”

In Lévis, Quebec, a video shared on Twitter shows an extensive Freedom Chain being formed, with participants cheering and waving Canadian flags. Honking of horns is continuously heard throughout the protest.

Dozens of private and public Facebook groups as well as event notices have been created for local coordination of the event in different provinces and cities.

One of the individuals working with others in the Freedom Chain “collaborative effort,” speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The Epoch Times that the purpose of the event is for Canadians to come together “in unity, love, and freedom.”

“It’s about unifying our country,” the source said. “It’s about unifying our people in love. It’s about showing that it doesn’t matter what you throw at us, we are stronger in love together and in unity in the freedom movement.”

Many other events were held on March 5 to ask for freedoms across the country. Some were associated with the Freedom Chain, and others were independent events. But many shared the theme of asking for upholding freedoms.

In Ottawa, several hundred people gathered in the Parliament Hill area calling for the upholding of freedoms in Canada.

A man waves a Canadian flag as hundreds gather to demonstrate against COVID-19 restrictions in the Parliament Hill area in Ottawa on March 5, 2022

Rojer Dube, an entrepreneur participating in the demonstration in Ottawa, said he wants to “save the future of my children and our freedoms” from the government’s overreach policies.

“[The government] wants to force us to do the thing that they want us to do. And we don’t want that. We want our freedoms, and that’s very important for us,” he said.

“I don’t want them to know what I have in my bank account, and all my disease record in the hospital. They don’t have to know that,” Dube said, adding that he also doesn’t want the government to force citizens to be vaccinated.

The Ottawa event comes following the federal government’s invocation and subsequent revocation of the Emergencies Act in mid-February to oust the “Freedom Convoy” protesters who had parked trucks and other vehicles in downtown Ottawa for some three weeks.

The convoy began as a protest by truck drivers opposed to the feds’ COVID-19 vaccination mandate that was imposed on cross-border truckers in mid-January. It soon expanded into a much larger movement with many Canadians joining from across the country demanding an end to all pandemic restrictions and mandates.

With the additional powers under the Emergencies Act, authorities cleared the protesters through the use of riot police wielding batons and pepper spray, with some officers carrying heavy weapons. Police made close to 200 arrests.

Under the public emergency order, financial institutions were also authorized, without requiring a court order, to freeze the accounts of individuals and corporations suspected of being involved in the convoy protest.

On Saturday, another group of several hundred people gathered at a rally at Queen’s Park in Toronto and marched across the city’s downtown area to ask for upholding of freedoms.

The Freedom Chain 2022 was truly a national experience, with representation across virtually every province.

Teresa Sinclair joined hands with others in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and made an emotional post on her Facebook page.

“I think it’s safe to say that the freedom chain was a success,” she said. “I’m not going to lie I’m getting a little bit emotional seeing all these fabulous pictures and videos of so many of us freedom fighters getting together to join hand in hand literally coast to coast. This is just one reason why I am so incredibly proud to be Canadian. Because we really do come together.”

At the same time Sinclair was participating in Winnipeg, Sascha Pasternak was part of a massive group in the Shuswap region in B.C.’s southern Interior.

“You want to be on the right side of history, and that’s why I’m going to keep supporting, every time, when it comes out to all of these different villages. And I just want to be out with the people. That is good. I feel the love of God, and it’s a great thing,” Pasternak told The Epoch Times.

Leaders of Freedom Chain 2022 emphasize that the decision to hold the event is unrelated to recent rallies across the country, including the Freedom Convoy earlier this year, which saw thousands of truckers and their supporters converge in Ottawa.

The Freedom Chain was designed as a standalone opportunity to encourage Canadians to show love across the country, they say, and the leaders of the different regions asked to remain anonymous because they didn’t want personal egos to overtake the message.

“It’s about the country, it’s about the world, it’s about everybody coming together,” one of Ontario’s organizers told The Epoch Times. “It’s just about being united, being peaceful and loving each other for who we are and not the choices that we make. And I’m just a Canadian who’s pulling people together, giving them a place to go.”

“I want to stay true to our Freedom Chain, and we just want to show unity and freedom and love,” she told The Epoch Times. “It’s about holding the love and showing that we are loved and we are unified, and the government can’t take that away from every individual in this country. They can’t take it from the people in this world. They can’t mandate that out of us. And we need to show that.”

Another organizer brought experience from her time in Ottawa during the Freedom Convoy protest, where she witnessed the gathering of unity and love. She knew she would be able to rally the same spirit in B.C.’s South Okanagan region.

In an interview with The Epoch Times, she described the energy of the crowd under a clear, blue sky and warm, late-winter sun.

“Oh, my goodness, it was the most amazing turnout, and there was a huge showing nationwide as well,” she said. “It’s freedom, unity, and everybody’s standing shoulder to shoulder in freedom, a name that is right and is what it represents.

“We’ve been separated into a two-tier society, right? And one thing I learned from going down to Ottawa and meeting so many people on the ground there was this is not a movement of vaxxed versus unvaxxed. It’s not about that at all. We just want freedom.”

Several social media pages have been created for different regions across the country, including a national page to unify the movement. And while many followers are eager to hold more Freedom Chain events, future dates have not yet been officially announced.

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