Everyone’s favourite 8th Fire heartthrob, Wab Kinew, surprised George Stroumboulopoulos and his CBC television studio audience—while making all of Indian Country proud—when he led a spontaneous flash mob round dance Thursday night, during an interview taping on George Tonight.
Impeccably clad in a dark grey Mad Men-styled suit, and singing a cappella while clapping out the beat instead of using a hand drum, Wab brought the #IdleNoMore round dance revolution into the living rooms and hearts of Canadians in all the right ways.
Posting photos and video on Instagram and Twitter after the taping, he added: “Let’s share the beauty of our culture in a positive way. Miigwetch everyone!”
We couldn’t agree more.
— Wab Kinew (@WabKinew) January 18, 2013
Here’s the video. And what a great choice of song. Aho!
Wab Kinew Flash Mob Round Dance on Strombo – Jan 17, 2013
Now this is a rare moment in Canadian television. Wab Kinew is a First Nations leader and the Director of Indigenous Inclusion at the University of Winnipeg.
While he was in the red chair last night, Wab surprised the audience (and the crew!) by orchestrating an impromptu flash mob round dance in studio.
Catch the full interview with Wab on Monday, January 21st. He’ll talk to George about ‘Idle No More’ and how all Canadians are treaty people.
Here’s what Wab had to say about the round dance:
“You guys want to do a flash mob round dance?
This is what it’s all about. It’s been one of the most popular tactics of Idle No More and what it is, is a traditional dance, a friendship dance. So it’s just about showing off our culture. So I notice I have a few sisters in the house today. Would you guys like to help show our non-indigenous brothers and sisters here how to do the round dance?”