Mumilaaq Qaqqaq

This 25 year-old from Nunavut might be Canada's most inspirational new MP

The 25 year-old NDP MP Elect for the riding of Nunavut was sworn in yesterday, and she's already inspiring Canadians of all ages. 

Mumilaaq Qaqqaq won her seat by almost 1,000 votes back in October, after being extremely outspoken about the specific issues facing northern Canadians in this day and age. 

Despite being a young woman in Parliament, Qaqqaq has made it very clear she's far more interested in talking about the issues than what it's like to be a 25 year-old woman MP. 

"Would you be asking the oldest MP how they feel about being the oldest MP? Should we ask every single MP about their age? Are you asking every MP about their age?" she tweeted last month. 

In a follow-up tweet, she asked a similar question about gender. 

In her new role, Qaqqaq plans to fight for basic human rights for residents of Nunavut.

"How do you expect any Canadian to thrive and strive if there are NOT basic HUMAN rights," she tweeted. "Safe place to live, affordable food, and clean drinking water. I will be fighting for basic human rights for Nunavummiut in my time."

In an interview with CBC, Qaqqaq said that by the time her term is over, she hopes those basic human rights issues will be resolved and she'll be able to move on to discussing issues such as education and child care. 

In the same interview, Qaqqaq described herself as 'goofy' and 'silly' and said she has no intention of changing who she is now that she's in the public eye. 

Namely, she said she dislikes wearing shoes and usually sits with her legs crossed and she intends to keep it that way.

She also said she believes she's the first MP with traditional face tattoos.

"To be somebody that has face tattoos sitting in Parliament — it's important for individuals for people of all different ethnicities and all different backgrounds to see themselves represented in all different kinds of things, in politics, in films, in music, in the RCMP, all different kinds of positions," she told the CBC. 

Many are congratulating the new member of Parliament on being sworn in today, and it's clear she already has lots of support. 

Canadians seem to be especially inspired by her photos with NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.

And many are expressing their excitement about the fact that her presence in Parliament will make it that much more diverse and inclusive. 

"We fit (sometimes force) people into neat little boxes," ​​​Qaqqaq tweeted not long ago. 

"Age, experience, education, gender, etc. I am everything but that neat little box. I know many amazing people that are anything but those neat little boxes. Let’s get rid of these boxes."

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