Martina is currently available for Consultation, Mediation, or Public Speaking — in Toronto, Canada as well as internationally, in person or via teleconference.

Martina focuses on Social Conflict in the Resource Sector, Strategic Conflict Analysis, Social Development, Restorative Justice, Violent Conflict Reduction and Relationship building.

Martina in Bogata, Colombia, addressing Il Cumbre del Petroleo y Gas

Martina Paloheimo was invited by the Petroleum Association of Colombia and the Canadian Embassy in Bogota, Colombia in November, 2019, to lead the Academic Agenda of Oil & Gas summit Il Cumbre del Petroleo y Gas. Her presentation discussed the challenges of increased social conflict and inequality in the resource sector.

Martina’s address was entitled “The Challenges of the sector amidst growing activism and social conflict in territories. (Los Desafios del sector ante el creciente activism y conflictividad social en territorio)”

As social conflicts increase in the oil and gas sector, the industry recognizes that it needs to change and adapt its practices. What are the causes, and how can government and industry respond to resolve these conflicts? What are recommendations we can make for positive community engagement and greater responsibilities, leading to fewer human rights violations in the sector? We explored what social conflict is, how it can be understood in terms of inequality and causes, and how industry could engage with communities to resolve conflict, and innovate with partnerships, joint responsibility and move towards sustainability.

Martina Paloheimo

Martina Paloheimo

Martina has been working to bridge understanding between Indigenous Knowledge and Western perspectives in the resource sector in Canada and Latin America for the last seven years. She has been privileged to work with Indigenous leaders from Canada, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil through her role as Head Bridge Builder with Global Indigenous Development Trust. She has facilitated and translated international intercultural exchanges between Indigenous leaders, students and with resource industry leaders. Martina produced REDx Talks Toronto Sustainable Futures: Co-Creating a Vision for Resource Development in 2018. An Indigenous led speaker series aimed at fostering new views and dialogue on natural resource development. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the department of Geography and Planning at Queens University in the Health, Environment and Communities research lab. Her research is focusing on exploring Mi’kmaw Elder Albert Marshall’s ethical framework “Two-Eyed Seeing (TES)” in the context of the resource sector. This framework highlights the importance of Indigenous and Western knowledge systems working together, using the strength of each in harmony, respect, and love to promote integrative science for sustainable development. Her research is focusing on the utilization of Two-Eyed Seeing as a tool to resolve conflicts (violent and cultural) over resources between Indigenous rights holders (i.e., United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples) and stakeholders (i.e., industry and government). Looking at how we can use these tools to promote Indigenous Ways of Knowing and promote socio-economic and environmental wellbeing. Martina finished her master’s in international Peace Studies at Trinity College in Dublin, focusing on how to work towards solving the social conflicts at the intersection of human rights and environmental issues over resources and development. She speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish and is working on her Haitian Creole. She believes through mutual understanding, creative problem solving and shared responsibility we can begin to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. Having travelled to 42 countries across the globe all of her experiences, studies, love for Latin America and work have shaped her passion to make the world a better place.

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