For the final performance round on Sunday night, the three teenagers added
a winning twist to their traditional clogging act by throwing in some tap and
dancing to the distinctly untraditional soundtrack of Raghav's Fire and Metro
Station's Shake It.
The trio, brothers Dallas and Brandon Courchene and Vince O'Laney, beat out 11 other finalists to win $100,000, a Nissan GT-R sports
car worth $105,000, a Las Vegas show and an appearance at the Citytv New Year's
"It's a major accomplishment," admits Vince O'Laney. "For First Nations people like us, to win a competition like this is a big thing.
"Let's be honest. When you see stories about First Nations people in the news it seems to be bad stuff. But this is one of the best things that's ever happened"
Jigging is a traditional art form in the community of Sagkeeng First Nation
, Manitoba. The young men have been
jigging for a few years, but they only decided to form the trio this past
August, when they first heard about the show.
A few weeks ago, when
Sagkeeng's Finest made it to the semi-finalists, Chief Fontaine said
"Anything's possible if you put a lot of work into it. These boys have worked
hard. It's very rewarding for the community." The community of Sagkeeng must be celebrating tonight.
The last word goes to the hard working dancers, posted on the group's facebook page just hours ago: "WE DID IT!! THANKS EVERYONE :WE LOVE YOU ALL.On Thursday, May 31st, a "Community Celebration in Honour of Sagkeeng's Finest" will take place at the Winnipeg Indian & Metis Friendship Centre. The event will start at 6:30pm and welcome the arrival of Sagkeeng's Finest at 7:00pm.
Donna Carreiro interviewed Vince O'Laney from Toronto on CBC Radio's Radio Noon and started off by asking what the winning moment felt like for them.