The Wood Buffalo 2022 Arctic Winter Games Host Society revealed the official mascot of the Games.
Nitotem the Lynx is the winning submission out of more than 40 entries in the spring 2020 mascot design contest.
Kim Rizzi, General Manager of the 2022 Wood Buffalo Arctic Winter Games, said Nitotem is important to both the leadup and during the Games.
“I am very proud of the Mascot design Sadie [Antoine] created and how it was brought to life by our dedicated team. We look forward to seeing Nitotem at events around the region sharing his excitement for the Games.”
Local artist Sadie Antoine of Fort McMurray illustrated Nitotem, whose name in the Cree language means “my friend”.
A.P.E. Maintenance Ltd. sponsored the launch of the Wood Buffalo 2022 Arctic Winter Games Mascot Program.
Melanie Antoine of A.P.E. Maintenance said the program will promote the Games as well as education, culture and community engagement initiatives.
“As a locally owned company, it’s important [for] us to give back to the community in which we work and live. We are proud to be part of the region and look forward to seeing Nitotem bring joy to people in Wood Buffalo.”
The Host Society also extended their thanks to the Mascot Committee and volunteer Co-chairs Dave Stearman and Nabil Malik.
Residents who would like to volunteer may sign up online for the Wood Buffalo 2022 Arctic Winter Games Newsletter.
The newsletter will launch later this fall.
The 2022 Arctic Winter Games takes place in Wood Buffalo from March 6-12, 2022.