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Survey says! The Moose Factory family participates in a popular game show

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The visibility of Aboriginal families on Canadian television is about to be improved.

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The Wabano family of Moose Factory will be on the Canadian version of Family Feud on December 12.

Scott and his mother, Virginia, were recently in Timmins for the Omushkego Youth Treaty Conference, where Scott addressed attendees.

“It’s like a family reunion,” Scott said upon arriving at the event.

This love of fun is part of why they seized the opportunity to be on the game show.

“I was very happy that we had the opportunity to go have fun,” Virginia said of her appearance on the show. “I would like to see more Aboriginal people experience what we have done.

Family is the most important thing to Scott and Virginia, and the opportunity to have fun together made the decision to participate in Family Feud easy.

Scott was contacted by the production team to audition, and the family went through several auditions and interviews before securing a shoot date.

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“We were always watching Family Feud and having our own little competitions when we were watching the show,” Virginia said. “So when Scott brought it up, we immediately said go for it!”

The opportunity for an Aboriginal family from Moose Factory to participate in a national game show, show their humor and have fun, was not lost on them.

Virginia, her daughter Vicki and her son Rick’s girlfriend Maroline wore ribbon skirts for their looks. It was very important to Virginia.

“My mom was very adamant about wanting to wear a ribbon skirt for the show to show our pride as Cree people and to show that we can take up space in our formal wear,” Scott said.

“Also to show that Indigenous people can be in spaces that we don’t normally see, like game shows, like the fashion industry,” Virginia added. “We want to show that we are strong, that we are still resilient and that we are able to show our culture, our traditions, our values ​​in spaces like the Family Feud.”

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Chelsea Blackned of Moose Cree First Nation designed the skirts.

She is a colleague of Scott, who is himself a fashion designer and stylist, having worked with Sephora Canada, Lululemon and other brands, as well as his own fashion brand, WABANO.

They hope their appearance on Family Feud will inspire other families.

“We do a lot together as a family, and it’s important to show that as well,” Virginia said. “Keeping the family together is very helpful in all aspects of life.”

Their sense of family is extensive, with Scott noting how his mother has helped others over the years.

“We took a lot of the kids’ friends under our family’s wing, and they’ve been with us for a long time now,” Virginia said.

The reaction online since they announced they would be on the show has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Once it was on social media, I was blown away,” Virginia said.

“It just goes to show that Indigenous representation is needed, it’s wanted, and it’s important to show other families that they can do anything and the possibilities are endless,” Scott added.

Scott, Virginia, Vicki, Rick and Maroline will appear on Family Feud Canada airs Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET on CBC and CBC Gem.

Amanda Rabski-McColl writes for Timmins Today. His reporting is funded by the federal government’s Local Journalism Initiative.

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