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.
I was sworn in today.— Mumilaaq (@MumilaaqQaqqaq) November 20, 2019
Thank you to all those that came today. My family, friends, Northern Youth Abroad fam, and Nunavut Sivuniksavut students!
Special shout out to my amazing parents that travelled over 2,400km to be here. They have moved mountains for me. It was a great day 🧡 pic.twitter.com/TWzahrwouY
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.
“How are you feeling about being a woman in the HoC?”— Mumilaaq (@MumilaaqQaqqaq) October 27, 2019
“Are you asking men that?” -MQ
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.
From participant in a mock parliament to elected Member of Parliament for Nunavut. Congratulations @MumilaaqQaqqaq.— NunavutWatch (@NunavutWatch) November 20, 2019
The youth of Nunavut are strong and they are coming for what is rightfully theirs, the full promise of Canada including safe, affordable and healthy communities. pic.twitter.com/3qNU4gFzUo
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.
A thundering standing ovation for Nunavut’s @MumilaaqQaqqaq as she is sworn into Parliament!! Refusing to be defined by her age & gender ~ she arrives in Ottawa with a powerful voice for her community!! 💪🏽🍊 #NDP #CdnPoli pic.twitter.com/vCAj5ElbPI— Alex Johnstone (@Alex__Johnstone) November 19, 2019
"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.
Making history ❤️ you’re an inspiration and one to watch, @MumilaaqQaqqaq— White Noise (@WhiteNoiseWoman) November 20, 2019
Canadians seem to be especially inspired by her photos with NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.
Congratulations!— Andrea K (@andreabridgeway) November 20, 2019
I love so much about these photos - from the happiness, to your awesome parents, to you rockin beautiful seal skin and NDP orange and making these iconic Canadian photos. 🧡
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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