In ancient times statues of this style served the Inuit, as milestones, simple navigational signs and monuments.
The icon of the Inukshuk for the Winter Olympics was introduced in April 2005 as the symbol of the Games of the Winter Olympics, which took place in Vancouver five years later.
Originally, the sculpture called "Inukshuk" was created by artist George Norris and was built in northern Canada. The statue was built in anticipation of the Vancouver Expo 1986 and has since been placed in the English Bay in the Vancouver area.
Incidentally, after the Winter Games in Vancouver, Air Canada also used the Inukshuk as a symbol, the national airline of Canada. It was painted on the company's Boeing 777 fleet.