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Mumilaaq Qaqqaq of Baker Lake was sworn-in as a member of Parliament on Tuesday.

Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq was welcomed to her new role in Parliament on Tuesday while surrounded by her parents, Pia and Jimmy, and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh. “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,” Qaqqaq wrote on her Facebook page. Mathieu Girard/House of Commons Photo Services

Then Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed his cabinet on Wednesday. Carolyn Bennett, a Toronto MP, returns as minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations. Her department oversees the Inuit-Crown relationship with an aim to “enable Indigenous peoples to build capacity and support their vision of self-determination,” according to the Government of Canada.

Dan Vandal was named minister of Northern Affairs while Marc Miller takes over as minister of Indigenous Services.

Vandal hails from Manitoba and served five terms as a city councillor in Winnipeg. He also served as the city’s deputy mayor. As Northern Affairs minister, he will have a hand in issues such as the effects of climate change, infrastructure, transportation, energy and economic development in Canada’s Arctic region.

Miller, who represents a Montreal constituency, is a lawyer who was parliamentary secretary for Crown-Indigenous relations in the previous Liberal government. He will be tasked with addressing housing, education and water quality in Indigenous communities.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh joins Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq at her swearing-in ceremony Tuesday on Parliament Hill. Mathieu Girard/House of Commons Photo Services
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Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...

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  1. Derek, if you’re gonna do a piece on this fine young lady, then maybe you should include her in the story.