Meet Wowkwis (Whoa-quis), the official mascot of the 2023 Canada Winter Games. Named after the Mi’kmaq First Nations peoples’ word for “red fox,” Wowkwis celebrates the rich history of PEI.
A local, who hails from North Rustico, Wowkwis’ favourite sport is ringette and her favourite colour is turquoise because it resembles the water in the bay.
The mascot name and design was inspired by nine year old Myla Doucette of Gulf Shore Consolidated School in North Rustico. Her winning design was selected from over 1200 entries in a province-wide design competition that took place last spring.
The 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.
As a surprise, Myla and her classmates were the first to meet Wowkwis, who will play a vital role in welcoming the rest of Canada to PEI and showcasing the spirit, heart and spark of the 2023 Canada Winter Games.