Larry Wong

The driver of a truck forcibly pushes through a human blockade set up by members of the Papachase First Nation on Queen Elizabeth II Highway in Edmonton, Alberta, January 16, 2013. The Idle No More protest was part of the national day of action call by Canada’s First Nations Chiefs.
This altercation sparked police chiefs from Edmonton and Calgary and the officer in charge of Alberta’s RCMP to discuss the protests with the Solicitor General of Alberta, Jonathan Denis.
Publication of this photo on the front page of the Edmonton Journal prompted the Mikisew Cree First Nation to release an open letter to the public, urging sensitivity in the face of the Idle No More movement. The letter, signed by Superintendent Bob Couture of the Wood Buffalo RCMP detachment, as well as Mikisew Cree First Nation Chief Steve Courtoreille and Acting Fire Chief Darby Allen, outlined how democratic freedom must be balanced with the need to keep people safe on area highways.

Larry Wong is a newspaper photojournalist who is currently a staff photographer for the Edmonton Journal, a daily newspaper in Edmonton, Canada owned by Postmedia Network Inc., which is the largest publisher of English language newspapers in Canada. He has photographed events in Edmonton and around the world, including foreign assignments in Great Britain, China, Thailand, Ecuador, and USA. Before becoming a staff photographer at the Edmonton Journal in 1988, he was a freelance photographer for the Reuters news agency and also a staff photographer for the Edmonton Sun, Calgary Sun and Calgary Albertan newspapers. He has also photographed news and sporting events for the Postmedia News Service, Canwest News Service, and the Canadian Press.
In December 2012, he was awarded the title of Global Photographer of the Year 2012 and also Sports Photographer of the Year 2012 by the Global Photo Awards, the world’s leading independent, international photography competition honouring excellence in the art of photography.