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David Arnot

Key contributions: He was appointed the federal director general of aboriginal justice in 1994, and was named by the federal government in 1997 to serve for a decade as Saskatchewan’s treaty commissioner.

The 1975 law grad from the U of S was named the chief commissioner of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission in 2009.

He introduced the phrase, “We are all treaty people,” to describe the treaty relationship in Canada. Arnot earned recognition from the United Nations for his education project, “Teaching treaties in the classroom,” which was designed to ensure that all primary and secondary students understand Canada’s relationship with Indigenous people.

Arnot has been involved in educating judges through the National Judicial Institute, the Western Judicial Education Centre, the Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges, and the American Judges Association.