Martina’s research is looking at Critical Geographies in the Ecuadorian Amazon where she is a PhD Candidate at Queens University in the department of Geography and Planning. Working with Dr. Heather Castleden in the Health, Environment and Communities Lab. Martina is partnered with families of the Indigenous Shuar Community through community-based participatory research to decolonize knowledge production through the understanding of their territory Inisha Nunka “Grandmothers Mother Earth.” Her work is exploring the axis of activism in research by trying to utilize her work to preserve their traditional ecological knowledge and ancestral territory as well as contribute to their community development.
A link to the community’s website Waimiaku (Sleeping Anaconda), and their ongoing go-fund me page to support their Eco-tourism project in Ecuador can be found here:
Instagram: @thesleepinganaconda Facebook: Waimiaku
"Conflict is inevitable. It is how you manage conflict thats makes the difference".
I have experience in International Research Projects, Publications, Program Design and Implementation
Educational, Workplace Training and Workshops on:
Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management, Mediation, Circles, & Peacebuilding
Circle Processes and Design: Circles are an ancient practice based on the restoration of relationships and community
"When there is a relationship everything else is easier..."
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 eight 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 through various different events and ceremonies over the years.
Martina produced REDx Talks Toronto Sustainable Futures: Co-Creating a Vision for Resource Development in 2018.
She is currently working with Bear Standing Tall and Associates as well as the Shuar Community of Inisha Nunka to help raise funding for their Ecotourism sites for reconciliation, healing and education in both Ecuador and Brazil.