By Michaela Sidloski 

Settler-colonial governance structures play a critical role in how climate change impacts are experienced by Indigenous Peoples, and can limit their ability to effectively respond to those impacts. Indigenous–state multi-level governance regimes offer some promise in furthering Indigenous self-determination in processes of environmental governance. To enhance the effectiveness of multi-level governance regimes while avoiding the reinforcement of colonial relations, institutions at both local and state levels must demonstrate responsibility, flexibility andresponsiveness, and contextualization in their approaches to climate change adaptation. An analysis of Canada’s recent federal climate plan reveals that Canadian state governance structures display significant room for improvement in enabling effective and durable multi-level governance regimes that support Indigenous self-determination in climate change decision-making.

READ THE WORKING PAPER: Multi-Level Governance and Climate Change Adaptation Planning: The Intricacies of Indigenous–State Governance Relations in Canada

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