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Rapper, journalist and educator Wab Kinew leads audience members of the Canadian talk show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight in an Idle No More flash mob round dance.

Watch Wab Kinew Ignite Idle No More Flash Mob Round Dance on Talk Show Set


Broadcast journalist and rapper Wab Kinew may have moved out of the entertainment realm with his latest gig as Director of Indigenous Inclusion at the University of Winnipeg.

But he truly embodied the journalistic credo of "show, don't tell" during a recent appearance on the hip, popular Canadian talk show George Tonight when he demonstrated what Idle No More is about rather than simply talking about it. A staunch supporter of the grassroots movement, the Anishinaabe citizen was one second declaring his secret crush on Rihanna, and the next, he was turning down a tongue-in-cheek request from host George Stroumboulopoulos for a Rhianna song with the words, "You guys want to do a flash mob round dance?" He surprised both the audience and his interviewer, but Kinew added, "I notice that i have a few sisters in the house today," and beckoned them onstage. Forming a circle, they danced around the studio perimeter as Kinew and those still in their seats kept time by clapping as Kinew chanted the words. "It's a friendship dance," he explained. 

The dance is below, and underneath that you can see the entire interview, with the dance at the end. After that, we strongly recommend revisiting Kinew's 2011 rap of youth data from Phase 2 of the  First Nations Informat​ion Governance Centre's (FNIGC) Regional Health Survey. 

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Wab Kinew is bringing his cutlural ideas and beliefs to the Canadian people. He is trying to bring the Anishinaabe traditions of his cutlure to our culture. Using Idle No More program, he is drawing thousands of people across cities in a hunger strike. Idle No More is about engaging youth, finding meaning, equal rights, the environment, and democracy; preserving indignious culture by either revitalizing spiritual practices or by keeping in tact with the little land base his culture has left. Wab Kinew wants to bring meaing to the people of Canada's lives. He feels they could use the ways of the Anishinaabe people as well. Kinew is wanting relationships based on mutual trust and respect for one another, if the aboriginal poeple do not speak out it would mean they comply with their silence. Idle No More is calling for recognition of treaty rights, revitalization of indignious cultures and an end to legislation imposed without meaningful consultaion. Wab Kinew is wanting a long term change with the citizens. His program has created a trumendous about passion in the community. I feel as though Wab Kinew's resume has a lot to do with the message he is trying to convey with equal rights for all citizens. By showing his wide range of talents and expertese, he is sending a message to everyone about what it means to be multicultural in Canada today.