The winning name was submitted by Grade 3 student Taylor Schepp, from Winnipeg, MB
WINNIPEG (June 9, 2016) – Niibin (NEE-BIN) has been chosen as the name of the 2017 Canada Summer Games’ mascot. Niibin is a magical creature, created by the summer heat who loves to dance, play sports, and head off on adventures. The name Niibin was submitted by Grade 3 student Taylor Schepp from St. Emile Cathloic School in Winnipeg.
“Niibin is the Anishinaabe word for ‘it is summer.’ I like the name Niibin because it sounds cool, and because it is the Canada Summer Games,” explained Schepp.
As the winner of the 2017 Canada Summer Games Mascot Naming Challenge, Schepp will be an official torchbearer in the 2017 Canada Summer Games Torch Relay, get a special visit with Niibin, and receive a 2017 Canada Summer Games Gear package.
Over 530 classrooms in Manitoba and Kenora, ON participated in the 2017 Canada Summer Games Mascot Naming Challenge. Niibin, Kai, and Nova were selected as the top three names for public vote. Voting opened online June 1 and closed on June 6. One thousand, three hundred and sixty-four votes were cast by the general public.
“It’s great to see such a high level of engagement from our region with the Mascot Naming Challenge. Taylor’s name submission is a perfect fit for the 2017 Canada Summer Games mascot,” said Jeff Hnatiuk, President and CEO of the 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society. “We are now looking forward to having Niibin on our team as we build excitement for the Games over the next 15 months.”
The 2017 Canada Summer Games mascot program is presented by Doctors Manitoba in association with the Fit Kids Healthy Kids program.
“We are thrilled to be supporting the Canada Games in this way. As doctors we know how important exercise and a healthy lifestyle is to the health of our patients. Through our support here and initiatives such as Doctors Manitoba’s Fit Kids Healthy Kids program we can hopefully inspire more Manitobans to get out there and be active,” said Dr. Barbara Kelleher, President of Doctors Manitoba.
The Games’ mascot will visit schools and community events, attend all Games milestone celebrations and major ceremonies, and will be featured in advertisements, on signage and merchandise. To request Niibin at your community event, please fill out our mascot appearance request form.