OPG celebrates Native North American Travelling College Exhibit

Nick Seebruch
OPG celebrates Native North American Travelling College Exhibit
Dave Fadden speaks at the OPG Visitor's Centre on the occasion of the closure of the Native American exhibit (Nick Seebruch/ Seaway News).

CORNWALL, Ontario – The Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Visitor Centre was host to a celebration of Native American art, culture and artifacts on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

The content for the exhibit was provided by the Native North American Travelling College (NNATC), a group dedicated to education on Native issues based in Akwesasne.

The Visitor Centre officially closed in mid-October, but OPG wanted to take this opportunity to recognize this successful exhibit.

This was the second exhibit that OPG hosted in partnership with the NNATC.

“I’m pleased to be here this morning, standing on the ancestral land of the people of Akwesasne,” said OPG Regional Manager John Hefford. “Thousands of people toured this visitor centre this summer and expereinced some degree of the history of the people of Akwesasne.”

NNATC’s Dave Fadden is a resident of Akwesasne and is of the Wolf Clan, he explained the significance of some of the art and artifacts in the exhibit.

“We are builders,” said Fadden of the Iroquois people. “That is why this exhibit was important to me as an artist. You can see that these ancestral artists dirtied their hands and harvested their own materials themselves.”

The OPG Visitor Centre will re-open to tourists this coming Spring with a new exhibit.

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