The only real MP for Nunavut — who briefly withdrew from public life after a tour of housing circumstances within the territory — says she won’t search re-election.
The NDP’s Mumilaaq Qaqqaq mentioned Thursday she has determined, after consulting with household and mates, that the Home of Commons “just isn’t the place for me proper now.”
Federal establishments, she mentioned in a press release on Twitter, aren’t “simply modified [and] governments do not assist Indigenous peoples with out an immense quantity of stress.”
Qaqqaq was elected in 2019 and has advocated for higher federal motion on the territory’s housing disaster.
Within the fall and winter of 2020, she travelled to a number of communities to find out about Inuit housing, to report on the disparities she noticed first hand to Ottawa.
Qaqqaq withdrew from public life after the tour left her depressed, anxious and overwhelmed. “I could not fathom … how management on the nationwide degree could possibly be OK with folks dwelling in such horrendous circumstances,” she advised CBC’s The Sunday Version, when she returned to public life in January.
After weeks of reflection and session with family and friends, I’ve determined to not search re-election. <br><br>My full assertion is right here: <a href=”https://t.co/IJKEuBEt0l”>pic.twitter.com/IJKEuBEt0l</a>
Qaqqaq went on one other, doctor-recommended two-week go away in late April, saying she continued to battle together with her psychological well being.
Final week, she stood within the Home of Commons to put out the disparities between what southerners and Northerners are advised about staying protected in the course of the pandemic.
“The struggle towards COVID-19 should embrace actual investments in Northern housing,” she mentioned on Could 13.
Qaqqaq, who has known as the federal authorities’s finances dedication of $25 million for Nunavut housing “laughable,” advised MPs that “addressing the continual housing disaster in Nunavut is a matter of public well being, human rights and primary human dignity.”
In her assertion, Qaqqaq mentioned she was proud when NDP Chief Jagmeet Singh visited Nunavut to listen to from residents. “The NDP is a celebration that wishes to make the adjustments we want,” she mentioned.
Till the top of her time period, Qaqqaq mentioned she plans to proceed her struggle for primary human rights, and to make sure that the proposed growth of the Mary River Mine on north Baffin Island “respects all stakeholders.”
She additionally mentioned she is going to desk laws to place Indigenous languages on federal ballots, which she mentioned is required in Nunavut the place 65 per cent of individuals communicate Inuktitut or Inuinnaqtun as a primary language.
“I am extremely grateful for this chance to have the ability to deliver a voice to the Home of Commons that speaks fact and actuality,” she mentioned.
“Collectively, we’ve got been in a position to present the truth we face within the North — the charges of loss of life by suicide, the low availability of housing, and the struggles folks face on daily basis only for their very own primary human rights — to the remainder of Canada.”