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Human Resource Manual

001a - Oath of Office and Secrecy

Contents

Introduction

  1. GNWT employees have a duty of loyalty to the GNWT as their employer. The duty of loyalty, affirmed through the Oath of Office and Secrecy, requires employees to serve the GNWT to the best of their ability.
  2. The release of confidential information that employees receive through the course of their employment may have a significant impact on the GNWT’s ability to manage its affairs or to maintain a perception of impartiality and integrity with its clients and the public.
  3. To protect the interests of the GNWT, its clients and the public, confidential information that employees receive through their employment must not be divulged to anyone other than persons who are authorized to receive the information both during their employment and after they terminate their employment. As well, employees must not use confidential information, or their ability to access such information, for the purpose of furthering any private interest or as a means of making personal gains.

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Application

  1. These guidelines and procedures apply to all employees, except those employed by the NWT Power Corporation.
  2. The application of the Oath of Office and Secrecy after ceasing to be an employee is of particular importance where employees or former employees have had access to confidential and/or privileged information, which, if disclosed, could harm the interests of the Public Service of the Northwest Territories and/or the people it represents.

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Guidelines

  1. All employees must abide by the Oath of Office and Secrecy.

  2. Each employee, before being paid any remuneration, must take the following oath or affirmation:

    I, __________, solemnly and sincerely swear that I will faithfully and honestly fulfil the duties that devolve upon me by reason of my employment in the Public Service of the Northwest Territories and that I will not, without due authority, disclose or make known any matter that comes to my knowledge by reason of such employment. So help me God.

    OR

    I, __________, solemnly affirm and declare that I will faithfully and honestly fulfil the duties that devolve upon me by reason of my employment in the Public Service of the Northwest Territories and that I will not, without due authority, disclose or make known any matter that comes to my knowledge by reason of such employment.
  3. In circumstances where an employee, or a former employee, reasonably believes that they may be asked to or feel pressured to breach their Oath of Office and Secrecy or that they may be in breach of their Oath of Office and Secrecy the employee or former employee shall notify their Deputy Head, or in the case of former employees the Deputy Head of their former Department, in writing of the circumstances and request clarification of the obligations arising from their Oath of Office and Secrecy.
  4. Failure to comply with the Oath of Office and Secrecy could result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
  5. In the case of a former employee, failure to comply with the Oath of Office and Secrecy may result in legal action against the former employee.

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Authorities and References

Public Service Act
Section 39, Oath

Public Service Regulations
Schedule Form 1 Oath of Office and Secrecy

Managers' Handbook
Oath of Office and Secrecy

Excluded Employees' Handbook
Oath of Office and Secrecy

Code of Conduct
Confidential Information and the Oath of Office and Secrecy

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