Welcome to The London Chamber of Commerce
The London Chamber of Commerce is a politically independent, membership based, not-for profit organization serving the local business community.
We are London’s premier networking organization, offering members a variety of opportunities to promote their business, as well as numerous opportunities for professional education and development.
The Chamber is also the leader in business advocacy, acting as The Voice of Business in London, at Queen’s Park and on Parliament Hill.
Acknowledgment of our spirits and the land
The London Chamber of Commerce recognizes that the area in which we gather, work, and live is part of the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (At-tah-wahn-da-ron), Anishinaabeg (Ah-nih-shi-nah-bai), Haudenosaunee (How-deno-show’-nee), and Lunaapeewak peoples. We thank the Indigenous peoples’ commitment and relationship with the land and waters, for knowing that our ongoing survival is connected to the land.
I’d like to acknowledge the communities in circle. The East, South, West, and Northern directions. We acknowledge the local First Nations communities in this area, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Oneida Nation of the Thames, and Munsee Delaware Nation. This region is now home to many First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities.
This area is the subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to establish peaceful cooperation between communities. We share the responsibility with the land's stewards for ensuring that the dish is never empty and for re-establishing relationships based on peace, trust, and friendship.
Commitments to Reconciliation
The London Chamber of Commerce is committed to the process of truth and reconciliation. As we begin our journey towards reconciliation, it is essential to understand what that means and how it looks. Reconciliation is more than admitting mistakes and listening alone is insufficient. It requires action, and that action can take many forms, including individually and professionally.
We acknowledge the historical and ongoing injustices faced by Indigenous Peoples in Canada, and we feel responsible to expose and correct misinformation while also renewing respectful relationships with Indigenous communities through amplifying and uplifting Indigenous voices, stories, knowledge, and community service
Reconciliation requires having a good relationship, to begin with, and then striving to reconcile it. For many Indigenous peoples, there has never been a healthy relationship. While inequalities, injustices, and power imbalances still exist, we must consider this.
Through this understanding, we can begin the rebuilding of friendly relations.
But most importantly, it requires love, respect, and compassion.
Now is the time to question existing beliefs and invest in strong relationships.