“Working Together”: The Dynamics of Multilevel Governance in Nunavut


  • Thierry Rodon
DOI: https://doi.org/10.23865/arctic.v5.1048


Aboriginal self-government is changing the governance landscape in Canada. This paper focuses on a little-studied aspect of aboriginal self-government arrangements, namely the horizontal dispersion of power among non-governmental institutions in the policy process. Nunavut, the Canadian territory created in 1999, offers a good example of this horizontal power dispersion. The Government of Nunavut is the only Canadian public government stemming from a land claim agreement. This creates a special set of obligations and entrenches a horizontal multilevel governance model, with a unique model of governance between a public government, the government of Nunavut (GN), that serves a predominantly Inuit population, and a nonprofit beneficiary organization, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.(NTI), representing the Inuit of Nunavut. In this paper we map out the authority and legitimacy of these levels of governance and the impacts of this system on Nunavut public policies and access to resource development revenues.

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Rodon, T. (2017). “Working Together”: The Dynamics of Multilevel Governance in Nunavut. Arctic Review on Law and Politics, 5(2). https://doi.org/10.23865/arctic.v5.1048



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Nunavut, multilevel governance, aboriginal self-government, land claims organizations, Northern public policy