Indigenous Veterans Initiative
At the start of 2019, the Last Post Fund introduced the Indigenous Veterans Initiative (IVI). An initiative of the Last Post Fund National Office, the IVI is consistent with the Canadian government’s efforts towards advancing reconciliation and renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.
This initiative has two components:
- Indigenous Unmarked Graves To provide grave markers to Indigenous Veterans deceased for over 5 years and lying in unmarked graves.
- Indigenous Traditional Name Marking To add traditional names of Indigenous Veterans to existing military grave markers.
Both of these initiatives require research and community support from members of Indigenous communities throughout Canada.
Please note that a culturally relevant symbol is available upon request.
If you think that a family member or a member of your community may qualify for this program, or if you would like to contribute to the community research effort, please contact Maria Trujillo, Indigenous Program Coordinator at
1-800-465-7113 extension 222, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that a culturally relevant symbol is available upon request. See the image below of the Seven Sacred Teaching Animals created by Cree Artist Jason Carter. These symbols are available to choose from.
Source of text used in the above image: Empowering the Spirit: https://empoweringthespirit.ca/cultures-of-belonging/seven-grandfathers-teachings/