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, organizational  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 36 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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The TLC Funds' first community project is a TLC Playground and Basketball Court, for the children and young people of the Community of Wakpala, the People of Chief Gall, on the Standing Rock Sioux Re…

The TLC Funds' first community project is a TLC Playground and Basketball Court, for the children and young people of the Community of Wakpala, the People of Chief Gall, on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.The Wakpala Spiritual Unity Society will facilitate planning and construction.The story of Tonja Toni's prior involvement with the community of Wakpala is shared below.All who contribute to the TLC Playground and Basketball Court, whatever the amount, will be honored and surrounded in…See More
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Four World’s Talking and Healing Circle Leader/Facilitator-Online Learning Program

  Dear Beloved Friends and Relatives, 

 As always, it is my prayer that you and your beloved ones are finding inner peace and spiritual strength, in every and all conditions.

 Healing the Hurt: “If You Can Feel it, You Can Heal It”


My father always shared with me, " Son, if you can feel it, you can heal it. If you talk about it, you can understand it.”  Today our Human Family is deeply "Feeling It" and wants to “Understand It,” but lack the safety, proven guidelines and processes of spiritual and emotional healing and trusted Healers and…


Posted by Phil Lane Jr. on March 30, 2020 at 12:48am — 4 Comments

Spiritual Qualities of Leadership-An Indigenous Perspective

1. Spiritually centered – actively in a relationship with the Creator or Higher Power!

2. Morally strong – lives a good moral life, suitable to stand as a role model to younger people, with particular attention to the issues of addictions, relationships, and honesty regarding money.

3. Believes in the People’s capacity to heal and develop, and shows this belief in the way they work with the People.

4. Is engaged in his or her healing journey and is dedicated to being a healthy person.

5. Has a good mind and clearly understands the process of healing and development and the issues the People are facing.…


Posted by Phil Lane Jr. on December 17, 2019 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Sixteen Indigenous Guiding Principles for Co-Creating a Sustainable, Harmonious, Prosperous World

The Sixteen Principles for building a sustainable, harmonious and prosperous world, emerged from a 50-year process of reflection, consultation and action within Indigenous communities across the Americas. They are rooted in the concerns of hundreds of Indigenous Elders, Spiritual Leaders, and Community Members, as well as in the best thinking of many non- Indigenous scholars, researchers and human and community development practitioners. As our Universe and ourselves, these Principles are always in a draft! Input is always appreciated. 

These guiding principles constitute the foundation for the process of healing and developing ourselves (mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually), our human relationships (personal, social, political, economic, and cultural) and our interrelationship…


Posted by Phil Lane Jr. on March 10, 2019 at 4:00pm — 11 Comments

Prophecies, Dynamic Change, and a New Global Civilization: 2020 - 2030 - 2050

Parliament of World Religion, November 7, 2018, ( Update from June 21, 2018 )

Very Beloved Friends and Relatives,

We pray that 2018 is continuing to unfold, as we approach 2019, as a year passing of high hopes, faith, strength, thanksgiving, gratitude, and courage, no matter what challenges or temporary setbacks we are destined to face. 2018 is proving to be a very critical year, as we continue our journey toward actualizing a new, just, inclusive Global Civilization, a culture of world peace that respects and honors…


Posted by Phil Lane Jr. on August 11, 2019 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

The Critical State of Our Beloved Mother Earth

Unprecedented, Unified Action to Stop Runaway Climate Change-COP21, Paris, France, Dec. 6, 2015

More than 40 years ago, during the early years of North America’s “new” ecological consciousness, Ihanktonwan Dakota Spiritual Leader Vine Deloria Sr. had a conversation with one of his elder cousins on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. As his cousin loved to learn new words in English, he asked Vine Sr. to explain to him what the word “ecology” meant. “Well,” Vine Sr. said, “You know that we have places where you learn to read, study books and learn about life. Then you learn how to write about what you…


Posted by Phil Lane Jr. on December 6, 2015 at 2:30am

Coming Home!

My name's Dan Wilson, and I’d like to tell you my story. I was born in a nondescript little town close to Montreal, nothing special about it. I have a mom, a dad, and two older brothers.


My mom’s name is Elizabeth, and my father’s name is Oliver. Dad is a member of the Mohawk Nation, and my mother is an immigrant from France. The only other relative I have been close with, for as long as I can remember, is my Uncle James, who is my dad’s oldest brother. Uncle James has been a tremendous help throughout my entire life, but I’ll get to that later.


For the first few years of my childhood, things were…


Posted by Phil Lane Jr. on March 28, 2015 at 9:00am

MEDIA RELEASE- December 6, 2015, UN COP 21, Paris Climate Change Conference, Paris, France

The Critical State of Mother Earth-An Urgent Call for Unprecedented, Unified Action to Stop Runaway Climate Change

The Ihanktonwan Dakota Treaty Committee, Choctaw Musgokee Yamassee Nation, Tsleil Waututh Sacred Trust, Ihanktowan Brave Heart Society, International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, Consejo de Visions-Guardianes de la Tierra, Vision Council- Guardians of Earth, 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…


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

The Story of The Sacred Tree

For all the people of Mother 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 beautiful 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 they forget to seek the nourishment of…


Posted by Phil Lane Jr. on April 20, 2019 at 12:00am


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