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When knowing a little about a lot goes wrong

By Rose LeMay      

Five years into reconciliation, and the government hasn’t added reconciliation nor personal learning for cultural competence as basic knowledge requirements in job descriptions nor performance reviews.

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller, pictured at a Hill press conference on Oct. 30, 2020. A recent story about a regional executive in Indigenous Services Canada who was accused of not having the basic commitment to reconciliation to do the job well showcases why the generalist manager theory fails us in knowledge-dependant departments, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—There was a day and age when the federal government hired public health policy experts for the Public Health Agency of Canada, adult educators for the Canada School of Public Service, financial experts for Finance Canada, and well-being and benefits experts for Veterans Affairs Canada.

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