About Me

Nishiin Designs located in Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba, Canada. Nishiin Designs is a Handmade Bags and Accessories Shop. All artwork used by Nishiin Designs is original and copyrighted. All handmade items sold by Nishiin Designs is exclusive to our shop unless otherwise stated.

The name itself is a shortened version of the Anishinabe word  'O-Nishiin or O-nish-shi-shin' which basically means 'Nice'. This word was often used in a slang sense by young kids when I was a little kid, when trying to sound like the older folks to describe something really nice or neat. "Wuh-shy Nishiin!"

The shop is located centrally on the North Shore of Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba. Sagkeeng is located approximately an hour and a half north east of Winnipeg. The community is located on the mouth of the Winnipeg River where the river meets Lake Winnipeg, one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world. Sagkeeng First Nation is an Anishinabe (Ojibway) Reserve and is the second largest reserve in Manitoba.

Nishiin has  Poduction Studio which is attached to Bubbles Laundromat and Store. This is where all items made under the name "Nishiin Designs" is housed and created. Nishiin Designs is 100% Aboriginal owned  and operated. As well, all Nishiin products are Aboriginal Made, Handmade and made in Sagkeeng Manitoba, Canada.

Nishiin Designs strives to support and purchases only the best materials and supplies offered by other Canadian and Aboriginal Businesses. This ensures you are purchasing quality items.

As for myself, I am the owner, the seamstress, design team, marketer, website builder, store keeper and janitor. My name is Cherie Fontaine, I am an Anishinabekwe from Sagkeeng First Nation. I have lived here and been educated here my whole life with the exception of the years I attended University. Over the five years I was in University I attained a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education. I enjoy my work it has always been my passion to create things. I believe I inherited this gift of making things from my late Kookum, my Grandmother Marie Sinclair. She had also had her own business here in Sagkeeng and was well known for her beautiful Starblankets. I was also very fortunate to have inherited her industrial sewing machines which I utilize every day I work.

So that's me and my business in a nutshell. I hope you enjoy my products and my website.


Cherie :)