Statement on Indigenous Veterans Day
Last Post Fund salutes the historic service and sacrifice of Indigenous Veterans.
The Indigenous Veterans Initiative was created in 2019 to provide grave markers to Indigenous Veterans deceased for over 5 years and lying in unmarked graves, and to add traditional names of Indigenous Veterans to existing military grave markers.
The Initiative was launched in respect of the principles of reconciliation; according to the TRC: "reconciliation is about establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in this country. In order for that to happen, there has to be awareness of the past, an acknowledgement of the harm that has been inflicted, atonement for the causes, and action to change behaviour.”