TORCH RELAY

The Wood Buffalo 2023 Arctic Winter Games Torch Relay will travel to eight rural communities within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo showcasing the culture, pride and spirit of the Games. The torch will end its journey at Legacy Dodge Baseball Stadium during the Opening Ceremonies presented by Bouchier on January 29, 2023.

There will be a series of events and community celebrations during each Torch Relay stop. 

The Torch Relay

Dates and Locations
*Dates subject to change
  • Wednesday, January 11, 2023 - Fort Chipewyan & Fort Fitzgerald/Smith's Landing First Nation
  • January 16, 2023 - Janvier, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • January 16, 2023 - Conklin, 2-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - Fort McKay, 12-2 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 19, 2023 - Anzac, 1-3 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 21, 2023 - Saprae Creek, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Saturday. January 28, 2023 - Fort McMurray, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

TORCHBEARERs

We are thrilled to announce the 2023 AWG Torch Relay team.  Runners were selected from Fort Chipewyan, Fort McMurray, Fort Fitzgerald/Smith’s Landing First Nation, Conklin, Janvier, Fort McKay, Anzac and Saprae Creek.

The team includes: 

Fort Chipewyan
• Tyrell Marcel
• Angela Marcel
• Rayelle Marcel
• Matthew Marcel
• Kendrick Cardinal

Fort Fitzgerald/Smith’s Landing First Nation
• Demian Bourque
• Detonaze Paulette
*Additional torchbearers will be announced in January

Conklin
• Alexa Cardinal
• Emile Winterburn
• Bobbie Brooks
• Tanis Robillard
• Shania Desjarlais

Janvier
• President Raoul Montgrand
• Elder Marie Agnes Herman
• Lawless Herman
• Jessica Read
• Ida Stepanowich

Fort McKay
• Jayden Shott
• Adam McDonald
• Tayden Shott
• Alicia Gladue
• Cruz Fabian
• Adonis Richards-L’Hommecourt

Anzac
• Riley Bourque
• Brooklyn Wiltzen
• Bear Croucher
• Presley Hodgson
• Rheimer Reid
• Kate Platt

Saprae Creek
• Stu Wigle
• Nicholas Bennett
• Jasper Harper
• Novella Haper
• Everett Harper

Fort McMurray
• Elder Anne Michalko
• Melanie Walsh
• Lucas Punko
• Ava Ryan and Logan Flett
• Darrel Laboucan
• Trevor Snook
• Dylan Elias
• Kelli Stewart
• Rachel Ivey
• Mattea Adair

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Torch Design

We are excited to announce Trevor Snook as the winning artist of our torch wrap design contest held in February 2021!

The design had to reflect traveling and connections, the interconnectedness of the communities in the Wood Buffalo region and celebrate everyone’s time to shine.

Meet the artist

Trevor Snook is a gifted artist from the Flat Bay area in Newfoundland. While he usually paints with oil on canvas or hardboard, Trevor explores a variety of mediums such as antler sheds, helmets and even motorcycles.

Drawing on his Mi’kmaq (First Nation) heritage, he also creates culturally based crafts and tools, such as animal calls and snowshoes.

His broad creativity and resourcefulness comes as no surprise to friends and family. Many say that he gets his creative side from his grandfather, Anthony White, who was a well-known carpenter and spruce root basket maker.

Torch wrap designed by Trevor Snook
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