Canada’s auditor general is raising questions about the government body responsible for delivering First Nations health programs across B.C.
Michael Ferguson’s office looked into the First Nations Health Authority after receiving an anonymous tip in a new report.
Workplace misconduct ignored
In a YouTube video released with the report on Tuesday, Ferguson says he found weaknesses with the authority’s accountability and governance framework.
“For example, our audit found that the agency did not consistently apply its policy to investigate allegations of workplace misconduct.”
Hiring practices questioned
The report also questions whether the most qualified people were hired.
Of 15 managers reviewed, only six had the required qualifications, and only three of those jobs were posted publicly.
Ferguson is recommending a number of policies and procedures be reviewed.
As part of the report, the health authority says it agrees with those recommendations, adding that in some cases improvements are already happening.
Investigation prompted by anonymous tip
The audit itself was triggered by an anonymous letter, obtained and made public by the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.
The writer alleges a senior leader was advised to hire women based on their looks, even if they weren’t the best candidates.
The letter also claims one person hired was unqualified, but did have a previous relationship with a senior leader, and that the pair would bully and undermine others.