• Shared Waters First Nations Representation

  • Boozhoo! Hè! Shekóli! Tansi! Edlanete! Hello!  “Whose voice is not at the table?” This is one of the questions that is being posed through “Shared Waters: London Listens.”

    The London Chamber of Commerce has launched a photography project with photographer Richard Bain and creative designer Katie Wilhelm in consultation with Tia Kennedy, Equity and Inclusion Consultant. Scheduled for release this Winter season, this book will bring into focus Indigenous businesses, entrepreneurs, and spaces in and around Antler River.

    ‘Shared Waters: London Listens’, is a call to London-based settler-led businesses to reconcile with our current and future relationship with the local waters and how our actions are affecting our surrounding First Nations communities. There is a direct cause and effect that Londoners are listening to - and sharing responsibility for.

    With respect, we are giving space in the book to profile Indigenous-led businesses, entrepreneurs, artists, makers, and more that would like to join the conversation. 

    All are welcome to present their expression of interest to the Chamber of Commerce by 5:00 pm on June 16, 2021. Send an email with your business name and contact information to [email protected].

    (Please note: The Chamber is not filtering these requests. All submissions are passed on to our Indigenous consultants.)

    What to Expect

    • 30 spots are available
    • Submit your expression of interest by sending an email with your business name and contact information to [email protected] by June 16. (Please note: The Chamber is not filtering these requests. All submissions are passed on to our Indigenous consultants.)
    • Submissions are reviewed for eligibility on a first-come first-served basis by consultants Tia Kennedy and Katie Wilhelm
    • The Chamber of Commerce will reach out to confirm your spot
    • You will be contacted by the creative team (Richard Bain and Katie Wilhelm) for a short consultation call discussing your photo and description
    • A photography date is booked between June and September 

    Eligibility

    • Business within London and within Chippewa/Muncee/Oneida First Nations
    • Business is within the following Industry sectors: Agri-Food, Manufacturing, Digital Media Tech, Health, or Professional Services
    • Have a story to tell related to Water, Land and Relationships
    • No cost

     

    Who: The London Chamber of Commerce, Richard Bain, Katie Wilhelm, Tia Kennedy

    What: With respect, we are giving space in the book to profile Indigenous-led businesses, entrepreneurs, artists, makers, and more that would like to join the conversation. 

    Why: To bring into focus Indigenous businesses, entrepreneurs, and spaces in and around Deshkan Ziibing and to bring awareness and action towards land and water protection initiatives. To share knowledge of Water and Land as sentient beings.

    When: Contact the Chamber of Commerce before June 16, 2021.

    Where: Send an email with your business name and contact information to [email protected].

    Cost: Free for Indigenous-led businesses located in London and Chippewa/Muncee/Oneida First Nations.

    About Katie Wilhelm, Designer and Consultant, katiewilhelm.ca
    Katie Wilhelm (RGD) is an award-winning designer and marketing consultant. Based in London, Ontario, Katie is a proud Indigenous woman from the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. “A champion for the Indigenous community, she continuously looks to inspire others to create a more colourful future for London” - London Inc Magazine, Top 20 Under 40 Award Feature, March 2022.

    Questions? Send a message to: [email protected] 

    About Tia Kennedy, Director, Kiinew Kwe
    Tia Kennedy is an experienced speaker, consultant, and coach. She carries both Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Teachings from Oneida Nation of the Thames and Walpole Island First Nation. She has experience in various leadership roles in anti-racism, the not-for-profit sector, sales, municipal and federal government, and cultural education. 

    Questions? Send a message to: [email protected]