The MMF unanimously voted Monday to provide the funds — to be directed through the Canadian Red Cross — to the country currently under ongoing attack from neighbouring Russia.
“Like many across the globe, our citizens, along with the MMF cabinet and staff, have been watching the events in Ukraine with dismay and sadness,” MMF president David Chartrand said in a release.
“People of Ukrainian heritage have been neighbours and friends of the Red River Métis for more than a hundred years. Over those years, many have intermarried with citizens of our nation, which means they are not just our friends and neighbours – in many cases, they are our family. We must stand in solidarity with them and do what we can to provide aid.”
The donation comes from the MMF’s business arms, and the organization — which will also be flying the Ukrainian flag on its buildings — is encouraging other Manitobans to donate through the Red Cross as well.