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as enacted by SM 1987-88, c. 9 on July 17, 1987.

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R.S.M. 1987, c. M270

The Museum of Man and Nature Act

Table of contents

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

Continuation of corporation.


The Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature (hereinafter called the "museum") is continued as a body corporate (hereinafter referred to as the "corporation").

Head office.


The head office of the corporation shall be in The City of Winnipeg, in Manitoba, or at such place in Manitoba as may be determined from time to time by its board.



The purposes of the corporation are

(a) to serve as an educational institution;

(b) to establish and maintain a museum and a planetarium;

(c) to exhibit collections;

(d) to conduct research; and

(e) to perform all functions normally and usually performed by a museum or by a planetarium.

Power to acquire property.


The corporation may by purchase, lease, grant, donation, gift, devise, bequest or otherwise, acquire, hold, own, control, lease, receive income from, improve, develop, manage, or administer property of every nature and description whether real or personal and wheresoever situate and subject to any terms, provisions or conditions that may be attached to any donation or gift of property by the donor thereof, the corporation may sell or otherwise dispose of any property, real or personal, owned, held or controlled by it.

Donations to corporation.


Any form of words are sufficient to constitute a donation or gift to the corporation for the purposes of this Act if the donor indicates an intention to contribute presently or prospectively to the corporation.

Board of Trustees to have custody and management of money, securities or property.


The corporation may entrust to the Board of Trustees the custody and management of all or any portion of the money, securities or other property from time to time received by the corporation by way of donation, gift or bequest, including the full amount of the fund held by the corporation on the coming into force of this Act, and known as "The Foundation Fund" and may entrust to the Board of Trustees such other money, securities or property as the board of the corporation may deem proper.

Administration assets of corporation.


The Board of Trustees shall expend, administer and dispose of any such money, security or other property for exhibit replacement, special acquisitions and research for the purpose of promoting the objects of the corporation, subject to any terms upon which the money, securities or other property were given, devised or bequeathed to, or otherwise acquired by the Board of Trustees.

Investments by Board of Trustees.


The Board of Trustees may invest or reinvest all funds and moneys received by it in any securities or investments in which a trustee may invest money under the provisions of The Trustee Act.

Refusal of gifts.


The corporation is not obliged to accept any donation, gift, bequest or devise that it does not wish to accept, or that is subject to any term or condition that, in the opinion of the Board of Trustees, is contrary to the objects and purposes of the corporation.

Appointment of Board of Trustees.


The Board of Trustees shall consist of four members who shall be appointed by the board of the corporation.

Term of office of trustees.


Subject to subsection (3) a trustee shall hold office for a term of four years and thereafter until his successor is appointed.

Term of first trustees.


Of the trustees first appointed, two shall be appointed for a term of two years and two shall be appointed for a term of four years.

Chairman and vice-chairman of Board of Trustees.


The board of the corporation shall designate one trustee as chairman and one trustee as vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Quorum of Board of Trustees.


A majority of the trustees shall constitute a quorum of the Board of Trustees whether or not a vacancy exists in the membership of the Board of Trustees.

Borrowing by corporation.


The corporation may from time to time borrow from a chartered bank or from any corporation or person such sum of money as may be required for the purposes of the corporation and give promissory notes or other evidence of debt in connection therewith and, if deemed necessary or expedient, may assign, mortgage or pledge, any of its properties or assets to secure the repayment of any money borrowed.

Profit of members.


No part of the income or assets of the corporation shall enure to the personal benefit of any member of the corporation by reason only of his membership therein.



The number and classification of members, the various classifications of members, the voting and other rights attached to each classification, and the conditions of membership, shall be fixed from time to time by the board of the corporation.

By-laws, rules and regulations.


The board of the corporation may make such by-laws, rules, and regulations as it may deem necessary for the due carrying out of the purposes and objects of the corporation, and may repeal, amend, or re-enact, any by-law, rule or regulation.

By-laws respecting members of boards.


Any by-law, rule, or regulation of the corporation respecting the election of members of the board or the term of office of members of the board, or any repeal, amendment, or alteration of any such by-law, rule, or regulation, has no effect unless confirmed by at least 2/3 of the members of the corporation present at a general meeting called for that purpose.

Board of corporation.


The affairs of the corporation shall be administered by a board consisting of 20 members of the corporation appointed or elected as hereinafter provided.

Term of appointed board members.


Ten members of the board shall be appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and shall hold office for a term of two years and thereafter until their successors are appointed.

Term of elected board members.


Ten members of the board shall be elected as provided in the by-laws, rules and regulations of the corporation.

Application of Corporations Act


Except in so far as they may be inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, all provisions of The Corporations Act that apply to a corporation incorporated under Part XXII of The Corporations Act apply to the corporation.