Däch’äw Makes Debut Ahead of 2020 Arctic Winter Games

Däch’äw is in the building.

The official mascot of the Whitehorse 2020 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) arrived home from Mascot University on Wednesday, stepping off the plane and right into their role as an ambassador of the Games.

President of the 2020 Arctic Winter Games Host Society, George Arcand, welcomed the Yukon porcupine back to Whitehorse and thanked AWG Legacy Partner Northwestel for making Däch’äw’s journey possible.

“As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Arctic Winter Games, it’s fitting that Northwestel is recognized today for their commitment to the Games and to the community. They have been a partner in the Arctic Winter Games for more than 30 years, and their generous contributions go a long way toward ensuring the spirit of the Games continues.”

Tammy April, Northwestel’s Vice President of Consumer Markets, was on hand to help welcome Däch’äw and to officially announce the company’s sponsorship of AWG 2020.

“Today, I’m happy to announce that Northwestel is helping youth in our northern community to grow by committing $257,000 in support of the 2020 Arctic Winter Games. As a longstanding partner to the Games, we are proud to help bring together young athletes and communities from across the North in the spirit of competition and goodwill.”

After a Yukon-wide contest, Däch’äw was chosen as the AWG 2020 mascot from nearly 40 entries depicting suggested mascots for the Games. Däch’äw, the Southern Tutchone word for porcupine, was illustrated by 12-year-old Owen McDonald. The porcupine is “formidable on one side, like Yukon athletes, and warm and cuddly on the other, like Yukon hosts.”

The 2020 Arctic Winter Games will be held March 15 to 21, 2020 in Whitehorse.