Yellowknife Veterans Monument vandalized

The veterans monument in Yellowknife was reported vandalized Friday, July 5. (Francis Tessier-Burns/CKLB).

Updated July 5, 5 p.m.: The monument has been removed.

The bronze-coloured soldiers and angel appear to be falling from their pedestal. Broken shards of the monument lay in the grass nearby.

The monument certainly looks as though it was deliberately broken.

Cabin Radio originally reported the vandalism incident Friday and quoted local legion second vice-president Christine Jalpert as calling the act “sad” and “disrespectful.”

CKLB asked Yellowknife RCMP if it had received any information about the incident.

Spokesperson Julie Plourde confirmed RCMP and Joint Task Force North Military Police are investigating. She said the incident was reported about 5 p.m. on Thursday evening.

“We don’t have a specific timeframe as we are investigating,” wrote Plourde in an email. “It most likely happened sometime in the afternoon of Thursday, July 4.”

She added that anyone with helpful information can contact Yellowknife RCMP at 669-1111.

(Francis Tessier-Burns/CKLB).

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis was a reporter with CKLB from January 2019 to March 2023. In his time with CKLB, he had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures.