Manitoba is excited to announce an upcoming multi-year sponsorship with Red
River College Polytechnic (RRC Polytech) and their new Innovation
Polytech’s Innovation Centre project -- a first of its kind in
Manitoba -- is set to open November 2021. Connected to the Roblin Centre
through a new bridge and pedestrian plaza, it is the third building to join the
College’s Exchange District Campus (which also includes the Paterson
GlobalFoods Institute). The new 100,000 square-foot facility will
anchor Winnipeg’s “Innovation Alley” and provide an advanced model of education
that joins students together with businesses and entrepreneurs through
co-operative projects and research. It also sets aside space for community
gatherings, including ceremonies and large events such as the annual Pow Wow
honouring Indigenous student achievement.
building features prominent art from Anishinaabe artist Jackie Traverse and
Cree/British artist KC Adams, which is meant to provide representation and
inspiration for Indigenous learners and community members. Winnipeg’s downtown
has the highest urban population of Indigenous people in Canada, and through
this new building, RRC Polytech intends to provide new opportunities for
community groups, organizations and entrepreneurs to collaborate on
projects with students.
time, RRC Polytech is working with Elders and Indigenous stakeholders to create
a name for the building – one that captures the experiences of the Anishinaabe,
Cree, Oji-Cree, Dene and Metis people who have lived and innovated on the
treaty lands of Manitoba for thousands of years.
Manitoba Sponsorship at the Innovation Centre projectCPA Manitoba has acquired the exclusive
naming rights to a second-floor Collaboration Workroom, located
within the new Innovation Centre project. Situated near the 210-seat
Roundhouse Auditorium, the CPA Manitoba Collaboration Workroom is a modern
space designed for study, work, community meetings, video chat or other small
group activities. The space may be used during events or ceremonies as a
private place to reflect, or for small groups to connect and collaborate.
nearby Roundhouse Auditorium is fully ventilated and allows for the use of the
four sacred medicines: tobacco, sage, sweet grass and cedar. The room was
created using a birch bark technology which is embedded into the floor of the
sponsorship complements the recent launch of CPA Manitoba’s Indigenous Understanding website and our
commitment to making the CPA designation more accessible to all Canadians.
formal opening of the new building set for November 10, 2021, additional
information will be shared soon.