At GIDT We Are

In the Media

We are at the forefront of innovative approaches to Indigenous economic development.

Our Indigenous Architects of Change are regularly recognized for their leadership and impact both in Canada and around the world. We are active in sharing stories and experiences through videos, publications and though speaking at conferences, to influence change and create beneficial realities for people and communities around the world.

Sean Willy, Martina Paloheimo, Minister Carolyn Bennett and Sonia Molodecky, attending the United Nations Forum on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Members of the Global Indigenous Trust and delegates from six communities in Peru met with the Timmins Economic Development Corporation, Mayor Steve Black and President of Northern College Fred Gibbons.


CMHF 2020 - Jerry Asp Tribute Video

PDAC 2021 Skookum Jim Award | Nalaine Morin

A New Human Story Podcast Channel (Ep 1)

The Northern Miner Podcast | P. Jerry Asp on how the mining industry can transform communities

Mining Over Canada | Jerry Asp on Globally Leading Indigenous Inclusion in Mining

Jerry Asp’s Mining Hall of Fame Induction

Jerry Asp Awarded the Skookum Jim Award

Jerry Asp The Man video

Entrevista a Sonia Molodecky en III Congreso de Relaciones Comunitarias


  • 2021: Martina Paloheimo received the Queen’s School of Graduate Scholarship Award in Leadership, Innovation, and Community Engagement to support her with the Indigenous Shuar Community through community-based participatory research to decolonize knowledge production through the understanding of their territory Inisha Nunka “Grandmother’s Mother Earth.”
  • 2021: Martina Paloheimo received the Huntley Macdonald Sinclair Travelling Scholarship, Queen’s Graduate Dean’s Doctoral Field Travel Grant.
  • May 8, 2020 – MABC Names Jerry Asp as the 2019 Mining Person of the Year.
  • 2020 – Nalaine Morin was the recipient of the prestigious “Skookum Jim Award ” from the Prospectors and Developer Association of Canada, for combining Indigenous traditional knowledge with Western science to improve the environmental assessment process for mining projects.
  • Social Impact Heroes: How Sonia Molodecky Of The Global Indigenous Development Trust Is Helping To Empower Indigenous Communities Worldwide:
  • 2020: International Development Research of Canada Doctoral Research Award: Martina Paloheimo to conduct qualitative research with the Shuar Chriap Community in Ecuador.
  • 2017 – Indspire recognized Jerry Asp with the award for Business and Commerce.
  • January 7, 2016 – Association for Mineral Exploration BC (AME BC) named P. Jerry Asp to the AME BC Honourable Service Roll in recognition of his contributions and support of the Association.
  • March 5, 2013 – Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to P. Jerry Asp for his contributions to the inclusion and training of Aboriginal People in the mining industry.
  • March 2011: Jerry was the recipient of the prestigious “Skookum Jim Award ” from the Prospectors and Developer Association of Canada, for a lifetime of service to the mining industry of Canada;

P. Jerry Asp, Mining Person of the Year 2019

P. Jerry Asp receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Metal.

P. Jerry Asp receiving the AME BC Frank Woodside Past Presidents and Chairs Award in 2015.




  • Presenter and Panelist, Martina Paloheimo: Presented a working paper on the possibilities for Collaborative Community-Based Research Online & Virtual Knowledge Production. Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting for the Indigenous Peoples Working Group on June 11, 2021 (Toronto, Ontario).
  • Presenter and Panelist, Martina Paloheimo: Covid-19, Digital Activism and the Changing Dynamics of Social Movements: How does digital activism function within communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon during and post-COVID? American Association of Geographers, Annual Meeting, April 7, 2021 (Toronto, Ontario).
  • Presenter and Panelist, Martina Paloheimo: Indigenous Research Collaboration Day: “Exploring Indigenous Research Ethics.” Community-based Participatory Research with the Shuar. November 6, 2020 (Kingston, Ontario).
  • Presenter and Panelist, Martina Paloheimo: Scholarship Beyond Boundaries Conference. International Dimensions of Engagement. How can we learn to Interact in ways that are more meaningful & significant? February 29, 2020 (Kingston, Ontario).
  • Presenter and Panelist, Martina Paloheimo: Il Cumbre del Petroleo y Gas. Oportunidades y Desafios de la Nueva Revolucion Energetica.Canadian and International Perspectives on Social Conflict & Peacebuilding. November 14, 2019 (Bogota, Colombia).
  • Indigenous Dispute Resolution Forum; Presented by Red Wolf Mediation, November 14 2018 (Toronto, Ontario) Co-Sponsor
  • October 25 2018 Redx Toronto Sustainable Futures: Co-Creating a Vision for the Resource Sector in Canada (Toronto, Ontario)
    Dec 2015 The Daily Press (Timmins, Ontario), “Co-Existing With Industry“
  • January 28, 2015. Speaker at RIMISP Coference Territorial Inequality and Development. President of Global Indigenous Trust, Sonia Molodecky, gives a talk on “Indigenous Participation in Resource Development: A Paradigm Shift.” Puebla, Mexico.
  • January, 2015. Speaker, “Resolving conflicts between mining companies and communities in Latin America,” Canadian Institute of Mining. Toronto, Canada.
  • December, 2014. Invited to participate in the inauguration ceremony of the Peruvian Nacional Plan on Human Rights in Education with President Humala and Ban Ki Moon. Lima, Peru.
  • November, 2014. Invited to participate in dialogue table to develop government policy on Indigenous issues around mining, UNDP. Lima, Peru.
    September, 2014. Invited to participate in High Level Forum Dialogue between communities and mining companies in Latin America, put on by the Organizacion de Dialogo y Sostenibilidad. Lima, Peru.
  • August, 2014. Speaker, “Legal Issues around Community Relations – a comparative perspective” at II International Congress on Community Relations and Mining. Lima, Peru.