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Indigeneous Peoples' Rights Phase II Peace Congress

Co-create with existing partners and stateholders a peace congress to move Phase I of an Indigenous Rights Forum Dialogue that took place in

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Co-create with existing partners and stakeholders a peace congress to move Phase I of an Indigenous Rights Forum Dialogue that took place in 2017 to a Phase II Activation Engagement Platform to produce specific solutions on the ground. What we learned from our analysis at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo December 2017 (see attachment “NPPF Oslo 2017 PTC analysis final”) and from on the ground stories of Indigenous Peoples is that indigenous peoples’ rights and participation in their land and extractive industries are disproportionately under-representated in the public, private and civil society sectors of their territories. We acknowledge the narrative of multiple indigenous peoples to galvanize like tributaries from the ground up in pools of grief, unrest, despair, powerlessness and resentment for generations. Sacred traditions and belief on both sides of the divide are not integrated into the dialogue and problem solving efforts. We seek to activate through the Phase II platform the goals of the Nayzul Declaration (attached) which came out of the Forum. It was authored by four top indigenous elders/leaders participating or consulted in the Forum: Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1992, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred Bundle, Spiritual Leader of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota People, Grand Chief Edward John, Hereditary Chief of Tl'azt'en Nation and Aili Keskitalo, President of the Sami Parliament. (see photo of these leaders and others on the stage at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum 2017 Oslo). Peace Through Commerce was the title event partner with the Norwegian Nobel Institute for this Forum. The Forum was Phase I of of our work using our Matrix of Peace Systems Model technology (see Analysis for description).

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiaries 1) are the Indigenous Peoples' who participate in the Phase II activator. With funding we hope to engage Phase I stakeholders: Dr. Menchu's foundation, the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota tribes, and the Sami Tribe, and 2) the majority peoples' interacting with these tribes to pursue their goals for mineral and natural resource extraction, 3) all of the above stakeholders as they function in the private, public, and civil society sectors around each area of conflict. See video of the participants in Phase I discussing the natural resource disputes in their territories: copper in Norway; Keystone pipeline, water, and burial sites in Lakota/Dakota/Nakota tribal territory; Guatemalan First Nations' territories.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

The difference with our Model is our whole-systems approach, using all 3 major sectors of society and the consciousness values, beliefs and worldviews that drive behavior. Peacebuilders historically have worked in one or two of the key sectors of society, but not all three, and rarely integrating consciousness developmental work. PTC will engage stakeholders in all three sectors and prepare consciousness developmental reports and best practices report so that a whole systems model from which to generate ideas, test, and assess them will be possible. The Model will hold all actors accountable to the greater good of all, and limit unintended consequences as those pointed out in the film Poverty, Inc.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Pilot: I have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Peace Through Commerce is a global nonprofit organization with a unique method of peacebuilding that unites civil society, government and business — large and small — as collaborators to co-create and activate solutions.

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

After 10 years of developing the Matrix of Peace Systems Model, we were invited by the Nobel Peace Prize Forum executive director to co-facilitate the 2016 Forum on human trafficking. She wanted to move Forum focus and outreach to a multi-sector level of understanding, and she was intrigued with our consciousness develpmental tools. We were invited to join in three year contract with the NPPF Oslo to co-create solutions forums and activators using our robust Model.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Peace is influenced by settling the legitmacy and dispute resolution needs of Indigenous and majority peoples. Prosperity is influenced when each of the divided nations agree on resource utilization and put people to work, peacefully and prosperously. Planet is influenced when the natural resources in these areas are managed with sustainable and peaceful practices by the private sector--which will be a stakeholder in the process.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

1. Each stakeholder Fist Nations' group in the 3 conflict areas presented at Nobel. 2. Subject matter experts on our team in each sector (includes lawyers, economics, and public leaders). 3. Consciousness subject matter experts on our outsourced team: Annalise Jennings, Richard Barrett of Barretts Value Centre, Don Beck of Integral Theory, Joseph Jaworksi of Generon. Example of previous project is the Napranum Aboriginal Case study which partner Annalise Jennings oversaw in a highly successful resolution of indigenous peoples' rights in Australia (see attached case study). With this grant PTC will add to Ms. Jennings' consciousness work the complete 9 step process referenced in the Nobel 2017 Analysis which sector best practices to the stakeholders' activator group knowledge base.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

The First Nation's peoples affected in the 3 first areas of Phase II focus are already highly motivated to participate, as are the oil and mineral companies, and the local and national governments because in all areas there is active conflict underway. They are already working on this issues, but without the benefit of the insights, tools, and direction of our whole-systems Model.

Geographic Focus

Depending on the grant and resources received, one or more of: Dakotas, Norway, Guatemala

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

36 months as a minimum for Phase II

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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I am a retired Psychologist from the United States who worked as a staff psychologist on a Native American reservation for 5 years before moving to Australia in January 2014. A few months later I became a volunteer and was given the title of Social and Emotional Well Being Coordinator at Woor-Dungin, a not for profit organisation in Melbourne, Australia. Woor-Dungin ( was founded 10 years ago by 5 Aboriginal and 1 non Aboriginal women "to increase resources, build strong partnerships and share knowledge to fulfil the purpose of Aboriginal controlled community organisations". Our membership is 51% Aboriginal. I endorse and support support the Peace Through Commerce application as I cannot imagine a more comprehensive and well researched method for healing the existing divides between Indigenous people's rights and other societal sectors than the Matrix of Peaces Systems Model which they employ. Their Phase 11 project is a logical outgrowth of their previous work.
Martin E Gutride, Ph.D.

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