Rexton in 1995 was the twelfth Two Spirit Gathering. They started with the 1983 Manitoba Gathering with a call for all two spirt people in Canada to come together for a powwow. It's been in Michigan, San Francisco, Kansas, Seattle, and Portland. The Rexton gathering had 97 people and a real drum group for the first time instead of tapes. And was the longest one, a whole week. Registration was $75. Events included a no-talent show and singing.
The Dartmouth Gathering in 2011 was a follow- up gathering to launch the ASIST training workshop for Two-Spirits in the Atlantic Region. The Gathering was sponsored by the National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy (NAYSPS). Atlantic First Nations also provided funding for Two-Spirits/Indigenous LGBTQ to attend the two-day workshops at the Holiday Inn Harbourfront in January 2011.
The main goal of the Gathering was to provide knowledge about ASIST content and to provide the participants with basic ASIST training. Terry Young, ASIST train the trainer, led the workshops. W2SA advisory and participants attended the training. Time was allotted for group discussions, peer-share feedback, small group dialogues and scenarios.
The program for this gathering is here.
There is quite a bit of documentation, posters etc for the event in the Halifax Rainbow Encyclopedia.
(get Tuma to tell the story of the creation of the Eagle Head Staff)
(description & photos go here)
September 2013 in Wading River, Long Island, New York. The gathering opened with the Eagle Head Staff. Also on that trip, the staff went to Manhattan and the 9/11 World Trade Centre Ground Zero site.
2018: Bangor, Maine Pride Parade
As the finale for the Nibezun Gathering, participants donned their regalia and headed to the Bangor Pride Parade