Nunavut's new MLAs were sworn in this morning in the chamber of the legislative assembly. 

The ceremony took place despite a blizzard warning from Environment Canada. Winds in Iqaluit were gusting to 80 km/h early this morning, with blizzard conditions expected to worsen in the day, but die down later in the evening.  

Friends and family members of the new MLAs packed the legislature as Nunavut Commissioner Edna Elias did the official swearing in. 

Premier Peter Taptuna later announced his cabinet ministers' portfolios. MLAs chose eight members to serve in the executive council Friday.

Nunavut swearing-in 2013

Family and friends of Nunavut's new MLAs pack the chamber of the legislative assembly for the swearing-in ceremony Tuesday morning. (CBC)

The cabinet portfolios are as follows:

Premier Peter Taptuna 

-Minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs

-Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs

-Minister responsible for the Utility Rates Review Council

Deputy Premier Monica Ell

-Minister of Health

Jeannie Ugyuk

​-Government House Leader

-Minister of Family Services

-Minister responsible for Poverty Reduction

-Minister responsible for Homelessness

-Minister responsible for the Status of Women

George Kuksuk

​-Minister of Economic Development and Transportation

-Minister responsible for Mines

-Minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation

Johnny Mike

-Minister of Environment

Paul Okalik

-Minister of Justice

-Minister of Culture and Heritage

-Minister of Energy

-Minister responsible for Qulliq Energy Corporation

-Minister responsible for Immigration

-Minister responsible for Labour

-Minister of Languages

-Minister responsible for the Liquor Licensing Board

Keith Peterson

-Minister of Finance

-Minister responsible for the Liquor Commission

-Minister responsible for the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission

Paul Quassa

-Minister of Education

-Minister responsible for Nunavut Arctic College

Tom Sammurtok

​-Minister of Community and Government Services