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Lieutenant-governor of Saskatchewan wins Canadian Bar Association’s Hnatyshyn award

Friday, June 01, 2018 @ 2:23 PM | By Carolyn Gruske


W. Thomas Molloy, who the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) describes as a “repected lawyer, negotiator, strategic advisor and author” and who is currently serving as the lieutenant-governor of Saskatchewan, is the 2018 recipient of the association’s Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award.

The award is given to lawyers who make outstanding contributions to law and legal scholarship in Canada.

Molloy has been involved in Indigenous law since he was called to the bar in Saskatchewan in 1965. Ever since then, he has been involved in historic land claims cases, including acting as chief negotiator for the government of Canada in the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement that led to the creation of Nunavut in 1999. He also negotiated the Inuit of Northern Quebec’s offshore claim in Nunavut and Newfoundland Labrador, and in 2000 he closed the historic Nisga’a Treaty settlement that recognized the right of the Nisga’a people to live where they had always lived and to own and control the land they live on.

Molloy has also served as chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan from 2001 to 2007, authored an award-winning book called The World Is Our Witness: The Historic Journey of The Nisga’a Into Canada and was sworn in as Saskatchewan’s 22nd lieutenant-governor in March 2018.

“Long before reconciliation became part of our Canadian discourse, Mr. Molloy made it part of the Canadian discourse,” said Ray Adlington, CBA vice-president and chair of the CBA governance and equality committee.

“His ability to build trust and confidence around the table has led to negotiations that have helped reshape this country from coast to coast to coast.”

Even though the award is dated for this year, the presentation will not be made until CBA president’s dinner which is scheduled for February 2019.

“I’m grateful to the Canadian Bar Association for honouring me with this prestigious award, which is even more special as I knew the Honourable Ramon Hnatyshyn and his family well. I’m humbled to be counted among the impressive past recipients. I wish to acknowledge the many individuals who have played a role in my success throughout the years,” said Molloy.