The Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Fund Act
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C.C.S.M. c. H38.1

The Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Fund Act

(Assented to December 15, 2000)

WHEREAS Helen Betty Osborne was an Indigenous woman who left her home community of Norway House to pursue her education with the goal of becoming a teacher;

AND WHEREAS the circumstances surrounding her violent death in 1971 and the events that followed resulted in concerns about the relationship of the justice system to Indigenous people;

AND WHEREAS the Report of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry published pursuant to An Act to Establish and Validate the Public Inquiry into the Administration of Justice and Aboriginal People concluded that events surrounding the murder of Helen Betty Osborne were marked by racism, sexism and indifference;

AND WHEREAS the fact that sixteen years passed before the justice system was able to bring those charged with the murder of Helen Betty Osborne to trial caused immense pain to the Osborne family and created concerns that the justice system failed to do everything it could in this case;

AND WHEREAS paying tribute to the life of Helen Betty Osborne is an important part of the healing process that must follow such a tragedy;

AND WHEREAS maintaining a fund in her memory to assist Indigenous students would be a fitting tribute to her life;

S.M. 2020, c. 21, s. 238.

THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:



The following definitions apply in this Act.

"fund" means the Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Fund continued under section 15.1. (« Fonds »)

"Indigenous persons" includes First Nations, Inuit and Métis persons. (« Autochtone »)

"minister" means the minister appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council to administer this Act. (« ministre »)

S.M. 2020, c. 21, s. 239



S.M. 2020, c. 21, s. 240.



S.M. 2001, c. 43, s. 12; S.M. 2020, c. 21, s. 240.

4 and 5


S.M. 2020, c. 21, s. 240.



S.M. 2003, c. 6, s. 2; S.M. 2020, c. 21, s. 240.



S.M. 2015, c. 43, s. 53; S.M. 2020, c. 21, s. 240.



S.M. 2013, c. 39, Sch. A, s. 59; S.M. 2020, c. 21, s. 240.

9 and 10


S.M. 2020, c. 21, s. 240.



S.M. 2001, c. 39, s. 31; S.M. 2020, c. 21, s. 240.

12 to 15


S.M. 2020, c. 21, s. 240.

Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Fund continued


The fund established under section 6, as it read immediately before the coming into force of this section, is hereby continued as the "Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Fund" under the administration of the minister.

S.M. 2020, c. 21, s. 241.

Purposes of fund


The purposes of the fund are

(a) to provide financial assistance to Indigenous persons residing in Manitoba who have been accepted into post-secondary studies in Manitoba; and

(b) to promote the memory of Helen Betty Osborne.

S.M. 2020, c. 21, s. 241.

Agreement to administer fund


The minister may enter into one or more agreements with The Winnipeg Foundation, as continued under The Winnipeg Foundation Act, or with any other person

(a) to manage and administer the fund; and

(b) to pay income or capital from the fund to make scholarships, bursaries, grants or other payments to achieve the purposes of the fund.

Matters covered by agreement


An agreement may include provisions dealing with one or more of the following:

(a) donations to the fund;

(b) the management and administration of the fund;

(c) the criteria used to select recipients of scholarships, bursaries and grants paid from the fund;

(d) the amounts that may be paid for scholarships, bursaries and grants from the fund;

(e) public reports respecting the use of amounts paid from the fund;

(f) any other matter the minister considers necessary or advisable to carry out the purposes of the fund.

S.M. 2020, c. 21, s. 241.

C.C.S.M. reference


This Act may be referred to as chapter H38.1 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba.

Coming into force


This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.