Indigenous Education

Food, Fashion, and Music: RBC Reaction by Collision, Wednesday, April 19, 2023

March 20, 2023

In partnership with RBC, the School of Indigenous Education at RRC Polytech is hosting the annual RBC Reaction by Collision on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at Manitou a bi Bii daziigae (319 Elgin Ave.) in downtown Winnipeg. We invite the community to join us from 1 – 5 pm to celebrate Indigenous culture and arts!

Reaction by Collision is a community celebration featuring some of Canada’s brightest Indigenous entrepreneurs through Food, Fashion and Music. All are welcome!

Many thanks to event sponsor RBC Future Launch for their gracious support of the Reaction by Collision event.

Discover the latest trends in haute couture as models stride the runway, indulge in delectable cuisine from local chefs, browse handmade crafts and jewelry from local artisans, and experience the talent of Indian City.

Featured Artisans


Brownees Urban Bistro, a cultural catering company infusing Indigenous ingredients with Caribbean flavours and spice was brought to Winnipeg, Treat 1 Territory by owner and head chef, Melissa Brown, also known as Brownee! With her passion for cooking, love for both her cultural identities (Jamaican & Anishinaabe), and appreciation for the Indigenous foods sovereignty movement, Chef Brown thought it only made sense to offer Winnipeg a unique and elevated dining and tastebud experience.

Feast Café Bistro started with a focus on community and a goal of becoming a pillar in the West End. Chef Krista Bruneau-Guenther wants each visitor to experience modern dishes rooted in traditional First Nation foods while celebrating the spirit of her culture. In the four years since opening, Christa’s recipes have been featured in Canadian Living, Chatelaine, and Food Network Canada.


Olivia Nasikapow taught herself to bead growing up, and that hobby turned into a fully-fledged career when she graduated from MC College in November 2022. Olivia’s vision for her brand is to express the resilience and strength of Indigenous Iskwew (women), a testament to the work that she and the women that came before her have done to revolutionize and Indigenize fashion.

Gayle Grubin has been an artisan for 33 years, creating traditional Inuit garments with furs and hides. She is Inuvialuk and from Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region of the western arctic. Gayle is proud to share her Inuvialuit culture and traditions with anyone willing to learn.

Dawn Harris‘s journey in fashion started when she would shop for stage clothing for her children’s and grandchildren’s jigging performances but found that the pieces offered in stores never fit quite right and the mass-produced styles were lacking in character. She started to envision her own designs that would make her kids shine on stage, and in 2004, she started her brand, Designs by Dawn.


Indian City is a fusion of pop, folk, and rock with an ever-rotating roster of talent. Indian City’s fourth album and Fontaine’s final project, Code Red, is a 2023 Juno Nominee for the Contemporary Indigenous Group of the Year Award. The Winnipeg-based band features different Indigenous superstars with each album, bringing together a masterful mix of energies to every recording and each live performance while expressing the modern conscience of Indigenous People. The band was founded in 2012 by the late Vince Fontaine.

The Crafters’ Market will feature local artisans and businesses with handmade works for purchase. Visit the Roundhouse on the second floor to see what’s for sale!

OGICHIDAA, a student-led Indigenous Cultures Club, will share a drumming performance to showcase their cultural pride as Indigenous students.

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RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.

We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.

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