Jan 3, 2011 - 8 years ago
By Supply Post
Who can forget the pride in our hearts as we watched Canadian athletes stand on the podiums and receive their medals at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games? Recently, Minister of Forests, Mines and Lands Pat Bell thanked Iisaak Forest Resources for donating the wood used to build the victory podiums at BC Place with a special shadowbox presentation.
“The Western Red Cedar harvested and donated by Iisaak Forest Resources helped showcase our gold-medal performance in sustainable forestry practices to the world,” said Bell. “Like the world’s best athletes, British Columbia’s forest sector strives to be the best at balancing environmental, social and economic issues.”
Bell presented Iisaak Forest Resources with a special 76-cm x 76-cm x 10-cm (30-inch x 30-inch x 4-inch) shadow box containing a wood tray identical to the ones used to present the medals during the Games, a photo of athletes celebrating on top of the podium, and a special edition coffee-table book featuring all of the podiums.
Canadian freestyle skiers Alexandre Bilodeau (Men’s Moguls) and Ashleigh McIvor (Ladies’ Ski cross) both won gold medals, and Jennifer Heil won a silver medal (Ladies’ Moguls) that earned them their spots atop the Coastal Western Red Cedar podium that was harvested in Clayoquot Sound.
“We believe that everything is one and all is connected,” said Joe Tom, Hesquiaht First Nation and Iisaak Board Member. “The 2010 Winter Games was an excellent example – it brought the world closer to us, and us closer to the world.”
Iisaak Forest Resources is wholly owned by the five First Nations in Clayoquot Sound – Ahousaht, Hesquiaht, Tla-o-qui-aht, Yuu-tluth-aht and Toquaht. In the Nuu-chah-nulth language, iisaak (pronounced E-sock) means respect.
The ministry sourced the wood and co-ordinated the production of 23 podiums used at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The podiums were made from 18 wood types donated from community forest operators and other forest licensees around the province.
The wood podiums helped highlight the importance of forestry in British Columbia. B.C. is a global leader in sustainable forest management and the world’s largest exporter of softwood lumber, paper and bio-energy products that help mitigate climate change and provide innovative solutions to green building and energy needs.