Tom Molloy

Key contributions: Over the past three decades, Molloy has played a leading role in concluding several key treaty settlements that changed the face of the country.

He was the lead federal negotiator in talks that led to the creation of Nunavut in 1993. He also concluded the historic Nisga'a treaty settlement in 2000 in British Columbia.

Molloy also has been involved in claims negotiations with First Nations in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, P.E.I., New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Yukon and Saskatchewan.

He received a B.A. and a law degree in 1964, and served as the chancellor of the university from 2001 to 2007.

Presenting the University of Regina’s Woodrow Lloyd lecture in 2006, Molloy pointed to the Nisga’a agreement as “an act of nation-building, pure and simple,” that required extraordinary effort, leadership and concerted efforts by many parties over an extended period.

Among many other Saskatchewan persons Molloy credited with contributing to the success of the Nisga’a treaty are Hall, whose opinion in the Calder case swayed Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s thinking on land claims, and then Justice Minister Otto Lang (former dean of law at the U of S), who worked with Indian Affairs Minister Jean Chretien to address the pressing issue of land claims.

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