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The health branch of Indigenous Services Canada must now heal itself after a confidential workplace assessment found long-festering issues of harassment, fear and dysfunction caused “considerable harm” to employees in the Maritimes.
First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) called on HR Atlantic, an independent consulting firm, to diagnose the work culture at its Halifax office after reports of a toxic work environment surfaced last November.
On Jan. 18, the firm submitted a bleak confidential final report to the department’s top bureaucrats, which was obtained by APTN News through the Access to Information Act.
It revealed employees felt abandoned by Ottawa and harboured profound distrust of senior management following years of perceived bureaucratic inertia. The consultants concluded it was a fractured relationship that would take time to heal, issuing seven recommendations to start the process.
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