The official mascot of the 2023 Canada Winter Games has been revealed and is ready to celebrate the power of sport and welcome the nation to Prince Edward Island in 2023.
Canada, meet Wowkwis (Whoa-quis)! Named after the Mi’kmaq First Nations peoples’ word for “red fox”, Wowkwis celebrates the rich history of our province.
A local, who hails from world-famous North Rustico, Wowkwis’ favourite colour is turquoise because it resembles the water in the bay, and her favourite sport is ringette.
The mascot name and design was inspired by 9-year-old Myla Doucette from Gulf Shore Consolidated School. Myla was the winner of a provincewide design competition that took place last spring. The competition tasked children aged five to 12 with creating a mascot that reflects PEI’s creativity, culture and passion for sport.
Myla’s winning design was selected from over 1,200 entries from 45 schools across the Island. Her design showcases the local art and culture of the Abegweit Mi’kmaq First Nations peoples by uniquely integrating quillwork that Wowkwis will wear, crafted by local Island artist Noella Moore.
The unveiling of Wowkwis is an important milestone as preparations continue for the largest multi-sport and cultural event for youth in the nation.
Beginning in November, community groups from across the Island will have the opportunity to book a mascot appearance for their local events through the 2023 Games website.
For more details on the 2023 Canada Winter Games and the mascot program, visit 2023CanadaGames.ca