In recent years, there has been increasing recognition of the importance of Indigenous knowledge in responding and adapting to climate change.
In 2022, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s ECCC) released Canada’s first ever National Adaptation Strategy (NAS) and National Action Plan (NAP), which present a landmark opportunity for Indigenous people to contribute to and lead climate action and adaptation in Canada. And, yet, there are significant shortcomings with the approach: failing to include Indigenous rights holders directly, excluding a genuine gender framework, and distilling and making processes (or lack thereof), and the impacts of this historic and ongoing exclusion.
This Special Report by Janna Wale examines how Indigenous peoples’ are excluded from federal climate adaptation decision-making processes. What are the impacts of historic and ongoing exclusion from environmental decision making?