Engaging in Inclusive Cultures Resources

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The Experts

Ben Borne, MAPC, CMP

President & COO, Symmetry Public Relations


Ben is a communications professional on paper, but a relationship builder at heart. Over the years, Ben has nurtured a passion for using strategic communications to create inclusive, generous, and responsible communities. Ben is Canada’s first self-identified Indigenous certified Communication Management Professional. In 2020, he was listed on CBC’s Future40 list in the business and entrepreneurship category. In 2023, he received the Royal Roads University Founders’ Award for his commitment to sustainability, diversity, equity, inclusion and personal growth. In his spare time, Ben enjoys reading, watching Netflix, pretending to be a hardcore gamer, and travelling.

Sarah Bridgette, BA, CHRP

Founder, Navigate HR


Sarah is a Senior Human Resources Professional with 19 years of progressively responsible leadership experience. She received her CPHR designation in 2008. Sarah’s experience in Human Resources has provided her with extensive exposure and collaboration with both Senior and Executive Leadership teams, as well as working alongside front-line employees and middle- management. Over the course of her career, Sarah has assessed departments that may be struggling, and has provided recommendations on areas of growth and development. Sarah excels in facilitating fair and impartial workplace investigations and reports outcomes and recommendations. She is a coach, guide, and mentor to all levels of employees and enjoys navigating conversations with leaders in ensuring the human element of their job responsibilities is always top of mind.She prides herself in fostering positive, trustworthy working relationships with employees and leaders that supports in identifying gaps in training, improving employee engagement, and supporting on-going development of front-line and management personnel.


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  • First Contact is a reality-TV documentary made by APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network), that follows a group of (strongly opinionated!) folks who have had minimal exposure/interaction with Indigenous people, as they go on a month-long tour to different Indigenous communities across Canada. 2 seasons, 3 episodes (45 min) each. (Note: you might need to sign up for a free subscription to “Lumi,” the APTN online streaming site, to watch this. But it’s worth it!).
  • nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up. An important perspective on the 2018 trial of Gerald Stanley for the 2016 shooting death of Colten Boushie. (98 min)
  • A general overview of Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission, presented through some interviews with Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the TRC . (28 min)


  • Emily Nagoski & Amelia Nagoski: Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle (2019)
  • Adam Grant: Think Again (2021)
  • Brene Brown, Dare to Lead (2018)
  • Bob and Cynthia Joseph: 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act (2018)
  • Carol Ann Hiltion: Indigenomics (2022)
  • Alison Tedford Seaweed: The Canadian Business Owner’s Guide to Reconciliation (2023)
  • Native-Land.ca (Resource dedicated to learning about where you live)
  • Read brief biographies of key personalities involved in signing the Treaty
  • Chelsea Vowel: Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Issues in Canada (2016)
  • Ibram X. Kendi: How to be an Antiracist (2019)


  • ABCDEI, hosted by Susan Diaz and Rohini Mukherji
  • Twisted Histories – CBC Podcasts, hosted by Kaniehtiio Horn
  • Residential Schools, Historica Canada, hosted by Shaeneen Robinson-Desjarlais
  • Indigenous 150+ Podcast Series
  • Auntie Up!

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