Welcome to Episode 11 of See the Change Podcast. This is Part 1 of our conversation with MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq.
Mumilaaq Qaqqaq (ᒧᒥᓛᖅ ᖃᖅᑲᖅ), is an Inuk woman, Member of Parliament, and human rights defender. Elected in 2019, she is one of few people to have given a speech in the House of Commons before being elected.
Originally from Baker Lake, she now lives in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut. Mumilaaq has worked with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., The Quality of Life Secretariat in the Government of Nunavut, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Qulliq Energy Corporation among other organizations.
Mumilaaq is fighting for adequate housing, clean water and food security in the North.
In this episode we talk about what it’s like to represent a marginalized community in Parliament, her advocacy for access to housing and healthcare for Inuit, and why she believes youth will play a central role in racial justice in Canada. We also hear about her personal connection the the federal TB response in the 1950-1960’s.
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Inuit communities can beat COVID-19 and tuberculosis (SeeChange Initiative)
Produced by Tanya Ayala
Music by Charles the Emperor