Ottawa's A Tribe Called Red won Breakthrough Group of the Year at the 2014 Juno Awards. As Aboriginal artists winning in a mainstream category at a mainstream awards show, the win was particularly meaningful for the electronic DJ crew.

"This award doesn't belong to us, it belongs to all of us," said Ian "DJ NDN" Campeau during a backstage presser. "This moment right here is a perfect example that Aboriginal youth can excel and achieve any goal that they could ever want. Anything is possible. They can do whatever they want and we're proof of that."

The group made the conscious choice not to submit their album in the Aboriginal Album of the Year category, relying solely on the strength of their music to stand up against other mainstream contenders.

Back in February, Campeau told the Ottawa Citizen that the group wanted to put their album up against artists in the same genre, rather than the same race: "In one category you’d have the George Leach album, a really good alternative rock album, and then our album, an electronic album, to compete for the same award just because we’re of the same race. I'd rather be in a category with music of the same genre than to be nominated because of race."

They lost out to Halifax DJ Ryan Hemsworth for Electronic Album of the Year during the Saturday night gala, but snagged a win Sunday in the televised Breakthrough Group category, whose previous winners include Monster Truck, The Sheepdogs, Said the Whale, and The Arkells.

With the increased acceptance of the band, the crew hopes to continue to break down barriers for Aboriginal people.

"The dialogue needs to start happening, and I find that our popularity is a really good doorway to have that conversation,” Campeau said. "It's definitely starting, which is great."

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  • Not Arcade Fire accept album of the year award for Arcade Fire

  • Co-hosts Serena Ryder and Classified

  • BTO rock out

  • Tegan and Sara and Choir! Choir! Choir!

  • Chris Hadfield

  • Sarah McLachlan

  • Olympian Dara Williams

  • Co-host Johnny Reid

  • Matt Mays

  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Friends

  • Serena Ryder

  • Shad and July Talk

  • BTO and Chris Hadfield

  • A Tribe Called Red win breakthrough group of the year

  • Olympic Curling Team

  • Tegan and Sara say thank you

  • Brett Kissel

  • Serena Ryder performs

  • Sarah McLachlan

  • Walk Off the Earth

  • Classified, Serena Ryder and Johnny Reid say goodnight

  • Tegan and Sara

  • Commander Chris Hadfield

  • Sarah McLachlan

  • Blue Rodeo

  • Gold Medal Women's Olympic Curling team

  • Co-Host Classified

  • Co-Host Serena Ryder

  • Kardinal Offishall

  • Small Town Pistols

  • Walk Off The Earth

  • Co-Host Johnny Reid

  • D-Sisive

  • Fans on the Red Carpet

  • Kardinal Offishall taking a selfie with a fan

  • Devin Cuddy Band

  • Justin Rutlidge

  • Trevor Guthrie

  • A Tribe Called Red

  • Tegan and Sara

  • Dara Howell, Gold Medal Olympic skier.

    2014 JUNO Awards. MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba. March 30, 2014. Photo: CARAS\iPhoto.

  • matt mays

  • Sadies

  • Matt Dusk

  • Three Days Grace

  • July Talk

  • Dean Brody

  • Brandi Disterheft

  • Alysha Brilla, JUNO nominee.

    Green Carpet. 2014 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards. March 29, 2014. RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Photo: CARAS/iPhoto - See more at: http://junoawards.ca/press/media-database/2014-2/2014-juno-gala-green-carpet/#sthash.kr5RTrBL.dpuf

  • Nominee Brandi Disterheft.

    Green Carpet. 2014 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards. March 29, 2014. RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Photo: CARAS/iPhoto

  • Gala host Jian Ghomeshi