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Apr. 23, 2008
Aboriginal Artist to Carve 25-foot Totem Pole in Celebration of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
CALGARY, ALBERTA–(April 23, 2008) – Petro-Canada announced today that as a legacy to celebrate the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the Company had commissioned British Columbia-based Aboriginal artist Klatle-Bhi (pronounced Cloth Bay) to carve a 25-foot totem pole. The totem pole will commemorate Petro-Canada’s sponsorship of the Games, and promote cultural and economic opportunities made possible by hosting the 2010 Winter Games.”The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games give Petro-Canada the opportunity to go beyond sports and profile local Canadian communities through cultural, economic and artistic avenues,” says Steven Keith, Director of Olympic and Community Partnerships. “The partnership with Klatle-Bhi is a great opportunity for Petro-Canada to promote the talent and growth of Aboriginal artists in Canada.”
The project is a unique collaboration between artist Klatle-Bhi, Petro-Canada, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) and the Four Host First Nations. Construction of the totem pole is slated to begin in the fall of 2008 for completion before the 2010 Winter Games. The carvings and details of the pole will have a “sea to sky” theme and will celebrate Aboriginal culture, the involvement of the First Nations in the 2010 Winter Games and the coming together of people from around the globe to celebrate excellence in sports and culture.
“This project allows me to leave a cultural legacy beyond the 2010 Winter Games; through the totem pole I am able to share the stories of this land and its people,” says Klatle-Bhi. “Working with Petro-Canada also helps to create to an economic legacy within our communities by profiling my work and those who work with me, by raising the profile of Aboriginal artists and by generating new opportunities for business.”
The pole will be displayed at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, eventually residing in Petro-Canada’s head office in Calgary, alongside the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games “Share the Flame” legacy statue.
Petro-Canada is a National Partner for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and has a rich history of supporting Canadian talent in the Olympic Games. Since its initial involvement in the 1988 Olympics, Petro-Canada has awarded $6 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 non-carded athletes and coaches – one of the largest sources of such funding in Canada.
Petro-Canada is one of Canada’s largest oil and gas companies, operating in both the upstream and the downstream sectors of the industry in Canada and internationally. The Company creates value by responsibly developing energy resources and providing world class petroleum products and services. Petro-Canada is proud to be a National Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Company’s common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol PCA and on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PCZ.
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