Departments, Portfolios and Affiliates

Manitoba Metis Heritage Fund

Email: mmhf@mmf.mb.ca

Chair: Denise Thomas

Board Members: John Fleury, Andrew Carrier

The Manitoba Metis Heritage Fund Inc. (MMHF) is the registered charitable organization of the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF). The MMHF officially became a registered Canadian charity in 1988 and continues to operate as the charitable arm of the MMF today, supporting qualified third-party organizations and donees in their goals to support the Manitoba Métis Community.

The MMHF’s mission is to support the Citizens of the Manitoba Métis Community by raising charitable funds in order to enhance their lives. The MMHF is guided by its purposes, which are the pillars upon which the MMHF carries out its activities, as stated it the organization’s governing documents:

  • To relieve poverty by providing basic amenities and counselling assistance to economically disadvantaged Métis people and families
  • To advance education by providing - independently and/or in conjunction with other qualified donees - scholarships, skills and vocational training, and other academic programs and educational materials, for the benefit of economically disadvantaged Métis people
  • To educate the public on the history, customs, traditions and language of the Métis people
  • To benefit the community by providing education, counselling, wellness programs and support services to Aboriginal people
  • To gift funds to qualified donees as defined in subsection 149.1(1) of the Income Tax Act

2019 Request for Proposal

A Request for Proposal has been issued inviting non-profit organizations to apply for the opportunity to become the beneficiary of the May 12, 2019 fundraising initiative.

The Request for Proposal was launched on September 1, 2018 and applications are now being accepted until October 31, 2018. Request for Proposal - May 12, 2019

2018 MMHF 'A Hunt for the Cure' Gala Event

2018 Event Coverage

In partnership with the Manitoba Metis Federation, the MMHF held its second annual fundraising event on May 12, 2018. “A Hunt for the Cure” Gala was hosted to support the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. All proceeds from Gala dinner were directed to patient and family support services, allowing CancerCare Manitoba to continue its efforts toward improved care for underserved populations in general and Métis, First Nations, and Inuit peoples in particular.

This year, the event took place at the Fairmont Winnipeg, with more than 400 people in attendance. The theme for the evening was traditional Métis culture. This theme was carried throughout the night starting from the front lobby, where guests were greeted upon arrival with traditional Métis music and directed to the second floor by volunteers dressed in traditional Métis attire. Once on the second floor, the reception featured a traditional Métis hunting cabin with Métis dancing and fiddle music provided by Clint and Riley Dutiaume. In the cabin, guests were able to try on traditional clothing and have their photos taken.

The MMHF would like to thank the many volunteers, donors, sponsors and guests for helping make this event such a great success. With this support, the MMHF raised $65,000 to support CancerCare Manitoba's Toward Improved Care for Underserved Populations program. The MMHF plans to make the “Embrace our Beginnings” 3rd Annual Gala Fundraiser—to be held on May 12, 2019—an even greater success!