The Indigenous Chamber of Commerce (ICC) started with a small group of business owners who met over coffee to discuss areas of common concern.
In 2004, at the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council Summit, the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce was created by bringing northern and southern businesses together who recognized the strength in working together. The ICC joined the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce that same year.
On November 16, 2011, the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, and The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce co-signed an historic Model Aboriginal Procurement Policy Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU, believed to be the first of its kind in North America, was intended to foster and encourage the participation of more Indigenous businesses in Manitoba’s main stream economy.
“ Procurement practices, or the purchasing of goods, services or construction, are ways to assist in the development of Aboriginal Business and create a more inclusive business climate in Manitoba and across Canada’, said Andrew Clarke, Chair of the Board, Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.
ICC’s mission is to grow the Indigenous economy by strengthening member success through networking, education, leadership, and advocacy. Their values embrace the seven sacred teachings: Love, Respect, Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, Humility and Truth.
The momentum continues to build as more professional Indigenous business leaders join in the efforts to create a viable, recognized Indigenous business association.
Consider participating in their July 20 Neebing (summer) Golf Tournament: https://www.indigenouschambermb.ca/neebing-golf-tournament.html
Learn more about the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce: https://www.indigenouschambermb.ca/