Forum for Global Exchange

Forum for Global Exchange

Fourth World nations the world over are at the center of global events. Whether the topic is health and healing one finds the ancient knowledge of Fourth World nations in the center of the debate. If the topic is climate change or environmental protection, that Fourth World nations occupy territories on which 80% of the world's last remaining biodiversity are located nations hold the key to how to preserve life on the planet.
CWIS has begun to organize a coalition of Fourth World Nations under the leadership of the San Francisco Xochicoatla (Mexico) to work for the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Mohican Nation, Pequot, Lenape (US), Biafra of Nigeria, Qom of Argentina and Rohingya of Burma have joined to endorse the CWIS drafted Joint Statement of Constitutional and Indigenous Governments presented to UN Member states and Fourth World Governments worldwide.
Great power politics between states' governments most often have Fourth World nations at the center of contests over wealth and power. Their strategic importance in each locality far outweighs their size.When Fourth World nations engage each other or states' governments they are involved in a GLOBAL EXCHANGE. This program aims to facilitate the exchanges between Fourth World Nations and between these nations and the various international states.It is the prospect of dialogue and negotiations between Fourth World Nations and their neighbors that remains the focus of this program.
  • U.N. declaration becomes law of the land in Bolivia

    In the Government Palace of Bolivia and surrounded by cheering Native leaders and other representatives, President Evo Morales announced the passage of National Law 3760 or the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, legislation that is an… more
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  • Canadian Government Urged to Rein in Mining Sector

    Canadian mining companies continue to come under scrutiny from civil society organisations for international human rights violations and environmental damage that critics say the Canadian government has done little to check.
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  • B.C. First Nations win historic land victory

    In a historic legal victory for First Nations in British Columbia, the B.C. Supreme Court has ruled aboriginal people have proven title to 2,000 square kilometres of land in the Chilcotin district.
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  • Fourth World Journal 7.2 published!

    Our latest issue of the Fourth World Journal is now available online at cwis.org! This issue is a collaboration of five authors presenting four articles and one book review.
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  • The Gathering - A Modern Thanksgiving Story

    At Thanksgiving, as we in the United States gather to celebrate the first ceremonial sharing between Native Peoples and the arriving European Peoples, it might be a good time to hear another telling of this story; to imagine a… more
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  • Maine Episcopalians decry 'doctrine of discovery'

    In 1496, Henry VII, King of England, authorized John Cabot to sail to ''undiscovered'' non-Christian lands, subjugate their inhabitants, confiscate their resources and claim the land in the name of the English crown. More than… more
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