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, JULY 27th, 7pm With Adrian Alphonso and Justin Bear!


Dress for the weather! (If it rains/weather is very bad, we will be indoors)

Accessibility notes: The bathrooms are indoors and there are five steps to get into the building. 

We will be audio recording the event and sharing post-event.


Adrian Alphonso

With both indigenous and immigrant roots, the Winnipeg cyclist—designated Minwaadizi-Makwa in Ojibwe—is a key figure in Winnipeg’s cycling community.

A self-described son, husband, friend, father and cyclist, Adrian is categorically a local trail hero (although he’s far too humble to admit it). As a youngster, he and his friends built cycling paths in the heart of Winnipeg along the Red River. They wanted technical routes to ride their bikes, so they purchased garden tools from a garage sale and—over the course of a few weeks—constructed trails. They noticed that other riders were using the freshly-constructed trails, and they were enjoying them.

Justin Bear

Justin is a graphic designer who helped found Red Rising Magazine, a publication supporting Indigenous issues; as well as Traditional Trails with Adrian Alphonso. Traditional Trails connects cyclists to places through conversation, interpretation and storytelling about Manitoba’s history and Indigenous place making.