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2017 Canada Summer Games – Over the month of May, students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 from across Manitoba and Kenora, Ontario submitted many great names for the mascot. A committee of Host Society staff and volunteers narrowed the list down to three finalists. Members of the public can vote now to help determine the winner!


  • Voting opens today, June 1, 2016 and closes June 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM.
  • Only one vote per person will be accepted.
  • The winning name will be announced on CTV Morning Live Thursday, June 9.
  • Vote online at

Mascot Names – Finalists



  • Rationale: “Kai means fire in Scottish, and by the looks of the mascot it has a lot of fire and determination in it.”
  • Submitted by: Tyson, John Henderson Junior High


  • Rationale: “Niibin is an Anishinaabe word meaning ‘it is summer.’ The Anishinaabe people are the native people of Manitoba. I like the name Niibin because it sounds cool and it is because it is the Canada Summer Games and it would be cool to represent our history.”
  • Submitted by: Taylor, St. Émile School


  • Rationale: “By definition: a small star that suddenly becomes bright… like this mascot! As the Summer Games come closer, Nova gets more excited and shines brighter and brighter.”
  • Submitted by: Luka, Shoal Lake School

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Martin Lussier
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2017 Canada Summer Games
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