Cree family shoots for ‘aunty laughs’ on Family Feud Canada


A Cree family with roots within the James Bay areas of northern Ontario and Quebec says it is blissful to have the ability to present some necessary Indigenous illustration on the newest season of Family Feud Canada.

The Wabano family was in Toronto final month to tape in entrance of a dwell studio viewers for season 4 of the present,

“We needed to do that [to] present that there’s house for Aboriginal voices … for Aboriginal promotion and consciousness of the resilience of our individuals,” stated Virginia Wabano of Mistissini, Que., who’s competing along with her kids Scott, Rick and Vicky, in addition to her daughter-in-law Maroline.

The Wabanos have ties to the Cree neighborhood of Waskaganish, Que., and Moose Factory, Ont., the place Virginia grew up and raised her family. 

Virginia, left, and Scott Wabano, proper. Along with older brother Rick and sister Vicky, the Wabanos will probably be a part of season 4 of Family Feud Canada. (submitted by Scott Wabano)

Son Scott Wabano is an influencer and an up-and-coming star within the vogue world. A two-spirit wardrobe stylist, clothier, model and in style TikToker who now lives in Toronto, Scott was just lately named to the Globe and Mail’s best-dressed 2022 checklist. 

“It’s necessary that we proceed to indicate that Aboriginal individuals are very robust, resilient individuals,” stated Virginia, including the family needed to do that to proceed to push the envelope of Indigenous illustration. 

“Many instances we do not actually see that illustration in these kinds of video games or in different areas like the style trade … like with my son Scott,” stated Virginia. 

Other Indigenous illustration

In the primary three seasons of Family Feud Canada, seven Indigenous households competed. For season 4, there are one other seven Indigenous households competing, together with the Wabanos.

Scott coordinated the outfits the family wore on the tapings, which occurred on Sept. 12 and 13 at CBC Toronto. The ribbon skirts had been made by Cree artisan Chelsea Blackned from Moose Cree First Nation in Moose Factory, Ont. 

The family additionally wore beadwork by Ocean Kiana, an Nishinaabe woodland type artist from northwestern Ontario.

Scott Wabano, left, and sister Vicky, mother Virginia, centre, Maroline Linklater and brother Rick, proper, are one of many households competing in season 4 of Family Feud Canada. (Alex Urosevic/CBC)

Scott put out a name on social media for Indigenous of us within the Toronto space to hitch them for the tapings in September.

‘Aunty laughs within the crowd’: Scott 

“We would love to listen to a number of aunty laughs within the crowd,” they wrote. 

Family Feud Canada, like its American model, pits two households towards one another to guess the preferred solutions to survey questions. The present is hosted by actor and comic Gerry Dee.

It was a pure match for the Wabanos to participate as a result of enjoying video games is one thing they do usually at family gatherings, stated Virginia. 

The Globe and Mail named Scott Wabano, who grew up in Moose Factory, Ont., considered one of its greatest dressed individuals of 2022. (Supplied by Scott Wabano)

“We’ve all the time loved watching Family Feud and we used to compete with one another once we would play together with the present,” she stated. 

For the appliance, the family needed to undergo a couple of interviews —each as a bunch and as people — and participate in a recreation trial. 

“It was very enjoyable … We did it by means of Zoom and we needed to reply a variety of questions on ourselves, our family, our neighborhood and actions that we do as a family, humorous issues that occurred in our lives. There’s a variety of completely different questions,” stated Virginia. 

The Wabano family’s look on the present is about to air on Monday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET on CBC TV and CBC Gem.


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