The Four Worlds International Institute

The Fourth Way transcends assimilation, resignation, and conflict by building partnerships with all nations and peoples.


The Four Worlds International Institute (FWII) was established in 1982, at the University of Lethbridge, by Indigenous elders, spiritual leaders and community members from across Canada and the US.

FWII is an internationally recognized leader in holistic human, community and economic development because of the Institute’s unique focus on the importance of culture and spirituality in all elements of development. During the past 35 years FWII has worked extensively with Indigenous Peoples across the Americas and SE Asia.

The past four years a primary focus of FWII’S North American work is stopping the Alberta Tar Sands through supporting direct action, innovative social media approaches and actualizing International Treaties between Indigenous Nations. These efforts include: The International to Protect the Sacred from Tar Sands Projects, the International Treaty to Protect the Salish Sea and the Nawt-sa-maat Alliance.

In June, 2013, FWII officially opened the Four Worlds Foundation (FWF) at the City of Knowledge, Panama City, Panama. FWF serves as an international organizing and educational Hub for actualizing the Reunion of the Condor, Quetzal, and Eagle via the Fourth Way across the Americas and beyond! This unification effort, initiated in 1970 in Bolivia, was crystalized at the 5th Indigenous Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama in April, 2015, held in parallel with the 7th Summit of the Americas. 

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Our heartfelt Thanksgiving to everyone supporting the building of a new Playground and Basketball Court in honor of the young Water Protectors of the Community of Wakpala! Together, we have raised funds to build the new Basketball Court. With $6500 more, the new Playground will be a reality, as well!

You may contribute to making the new Wakpala Playground a reality through our Facebook Fundraiser or PayPal via If the support on PayPal is from a friend or relative and not listed as a donation, the transaction Fee is $1.50. Your prayers and support are deeply…


Posted by Phil Lane Jr. on August 28, 2017 at 1:30am

The Story of The Sacred Tree

For all the people of the earth, the Creator has planted a Sacred Tree under which they may gather, and there find healing, power, wisdom, and security. The roots of this tree spread deep into the body of Mother Earth. Its branches reach upward like hands praying to Father Sky. The fruits of this tree are the good things the Creator has given to the people: Teachings that show the path to love, compassion, generosity, patience, wisdom, justice, courage, respect, humility, and many other wonderful gifts.

The Ancient Ones taught us that the life of the Tree is the life of the people. If the people wander far away from the protective shadow of the Tree, if…


Posted by Phil Lane Jr. on November 7, 2017 at 12:00pm

Prophecies, Unprecedented Change and the Emergence of a New Global Civilization

Prophecies, Unprecedented Change and the Emergence of a New Global Civilization

Global Challenges and Opportunities

During the past year, the emerging global issues and opportunities for change and transformation have clearly been demonstrated to us. The increasing global environmental disintegration and natural disasters, unforeseen calamities to many who experienced them! The growing instability and inevitable collapse of the world economic system! The increase in the extremes of wealth and poverty! The unraveling of humanity’s social and cultural fabric! Deepening ethnic and inter-religious strife! …


Posted by Phil Lane Jr. on May 19, 2016 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Deloria Geneology

Dear Relatives,

As always, it is our prayer that you and your beloved ones are in the very best of health and happiness. 

Sister Faith Spotted Eagle and I are working together to update our Family Tree that descends from Hinhan Wicasta, Owl Man, Francois Deloria. This includes Hunka relatives. The Deloria genealogy linked below was put together by our Ate Phil Lane Sr. and Uncle Vine Deloria Jr.

We will soon have genealogy put onto a site that will allow relatives to add to this foundation of family relationships. Take a look and if you are relatives, please let us know so we can share with you the site where you can add…


Posted by Phil Lane Jr. on May 14, 2016 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

International Treaty To Protect and Restore Mother Earth

International Mother Earth Day, April 22, 2016
United Nations, New York City, New York
We, the Members of the Human…

Posted by Phil Lane Jr. on April 21, 2016 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

Fulfilling the Prophecy of the Reunion of the Condor and Eagle in Bolivia-1970

In 1970 these beloved Quechua relatives were fulfilling the Prophecy of the Reunion of the Condor and Eagle that was passed on to them from their Spiritual Visionaries who lived before Columbus and 1492!

Posted by Phil Lane Jr. on April 5, 2016 at 4:30am — 12 Comments

Media Release-Critical State of Mother Earth

MEDIA RELEASE-April 21, 2016  New York City, New York

The Ihanktonwan Dakota Treaty Committee, Choctaw Musgokee Yamassee Nation, Tsleil Waututh Nation, Brave Heart Society of Ihanktowan, International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, Consejo de Visions-Guardianes de la Tierra, Four Worlds Europe, Embassy of the Earth, Fundación Cuatro Mundos, Front Siwa Lima,Salish Sea Foundation, Netherlands Centre for Indigenous People, Compassion Games International, UNO Foundation, World Conscious Pact, the Global Wisdom Summit and the Four Worlds International Institute released the report …

Posted by Phil Lane Jr. on December 12, 2015 at 6:30pm — 8 Comments





We, the representatives of the Indigenous Peoples, Nations and Nationalities in Abya Yala,

within the scope of exercising the right of self-determination and in defense of Mother Earth, present our…


Posted by Phil Lane Jr. on April 10, 2015 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments


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