Intro to A Culture of Repair: A WRENCH Speaker Series

Over the coming year, we will consider the question 'What is a Culture of Repair' in public in a series of free monthly talks with friends from the Homeland of the Metis/Treaty One Territory, including Andree Forest and Janelle Delorme, The Women's Health Clinic, Geoff Heath, Filmmaker Nilufer Rahman, Daniel Friesen from Winnipeg Police Cause Harm, Helga Jakobson from ArtsJunktion, Merrill Grant from the WRENCH, Musicians Naomi Woo and Ashley Au, Farmer Lydia Carpenter, Levi Foy from Sunshine House, Artist Ness Wynrush, and Author and Organiser Clayton Thomas Mueller.

The conversation will help guide our work, and support Winnipeggers to consider the question as well. How could we define a culture of repair? How is this question useful in considering challenges of climate change, and poverty and its impacts, for example. How does Winnipeg already have a culture of repair? How do we avoid or ignore the potential for repair. Where is repair helpful? Where is it not? If we think it’s a useful concept, how could we move even more towards a culture of repair?

We are pleased to partner with ArtsJunktion and The UW Campus Sustainability Office for this series!


Wednesday, January 25th - 7pm at ArtsJunktion (312 William Ave)

For this month's Culture of Repair series, we'll be setting aside our usual format of speakers and opening up a pop-up repair café, hosted at ArtsJunktion! Have some clothing that needs mending? A flat tire on your bike? Something else entirely in need of repair? Bring it down and fix it yourself alongside other community members and folks from the WRENCH and ArtsJunktion or learn a new mending technique, help a friend with a repair or just come and hang out and chat! Consider this a co-learning opportunity; no one here knows everything, but we can problem solve well enough to figure things out. 
ArtsJunktion will provide mending and repair tools from their Tool Lending Library (drills, screwdrivers, saws, sewing machines, needles and thread, soldering irons and much much more!).
The WRENCH will provide all tools necessary for fixing flat tires, truing wheels, or hub adjustments.
Wednesday, February 22nd - 7pm at The Hive (University of Winnipeg - Ellice Ave Entrance)
Advocacy as Repair: This month's speakers will be speaking to how their community work ties into the idea of repair. Speakers include:
Buck Doyle: a white settler from Winnipeg. They are a software nerd and a member of Bar None and Winnipeg Police Cause Harm.
Laura Cameron: a settler community organizer, researcher, and filmmaker living on Treaty 1 territory. She is passionate about climate justice and organizes locally with the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition.
Daniel Friesen: a settler on Treaty One territory who grew up on a farm just west of Winnipeg. Daniel is a cyclist, DIY enthusiast, and organizer with Winnipeg Police Cause Harm. Daniel has worked as a bike mechanic and has been involved with various community groups over the years in an effort to educate and advocate for climate justice and investment in life sustaining services.