Spirit of Sally Benedict lives on through her artwork

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CORNWALL, Ontario - Sally Benedict, a staunch supporter of First Nations' tradition in her Akwesasne home, may have passed away a few years ago, but her spirit is living on in a new display of her artwork in Cornwall.

Benedict spent years defending Akwesasne rights via land claims and the like, but was a noted artist, whose basket collection was unveiled at the Ontario Power Generation Visitors Centre Friday.

Dozens of pieces from the Sally Benedict Basket Collection will be on display at the visitors centre for the next six months.

"What you see here is a display of early history," said Akwesasne Grand Chief Mike Mitchell. "We want to make sure that history is told right."

Dozens of members of the Akwesasne community and representatives from OPG were on hand Friday.

"Her art projects were always meant to inspire," said Mitchell. "Sally was an amazing woman."

Mike Martelli, a senior OPG vice-president, said the relationship between the provincial utility and Akwesasne is strong.

"It's an honour to display this art work," he said. "Sally's baskets are very unique and simply amazing."

The artwork can be viewed at the main entrance to the visitor centre which is open daily.

Organizations: OPG, Ontario Power Generation Visitors Centre

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario

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