Gathering of Nations started as vision of expanding diversity and inclusion at the Manitoba Stampede & Exhibition.
In 2017 Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition; VAS Fair Committee, Members of the Roseau River First Nations community and fair guests shared in traditional teachings such as beading, dancing, and wildlife tanning and leather working. The Indigenous Dances were performed by the Summer Bear Dancing Troupe and was posted live on Facebook and has been viewed over 2000 times. The sharing of Indigenous culture and the history was a welcomed addition to our Stampede grounds.
In 2019, Our Gathering of Nations will continue to build healthy friendships. This year we welcome the Manitoba Metis to the Nations. The VAS Fair Committee have expanded our Gathering of Nations grounds with the addition of a performance area, two new teepees and an artisan tent to share the traditional teachings, dance, storytelling and celebrates artistic and cultural talent of our Indigenous artists living and working in Manitoba.